April 22, 1999
Front Page

3 Archuleta County residents held in kidnapping charges

By Karl Isberg

Three Archuleta County residents are being held in a federal contract facility in Arizona on charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and use of a weapon in the commission of a felony.

Terry Patrick Yerton, 47, Michael John Yerton, 50, and Edward Daniel Laue, 34, were charged in a federal complaint dated April 14, 1999, and filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. District Court of Arizona, at Flagstaff. Terry Yerton and Laue are listed as residents of Arboles; Michael Yerton is a resident of Pagosa Springs.

According to a "Statement of Probable Cause" which is part of the complaint, the incident which led to the arrest of the three suspects began in Pagosa Springs, at a residence occupied by Dennis Barrett, 46.

Barrett told authorities he received a phone call in the early morning hours of April 13 from Michael Yerton who, reported Barrett, said he was having car problems due to an accident and asked if he could come to the residence. Shortly after Michael Yerton arrived, states the document, Terry Yerton and Laue came to the house.

An argument reportedly ensued involving Terry Yerton and Barrett, with Barrett reportedly struck and injured in a scuffle with Terry Yerton.

At that point, according to the court document, Barrett's arms were forced behind his back and duct tape was used to bind his hands. He was taken outside to a Ryder rental truck and placed inside a sleeping bag located in the back of the vehicle. Laue reportedly remained in the back of the truck, holding a gun on the victim.

Federal agents say the rental truck was driven to Terry Yerton's Arboles residence where Barrett was freed from the sleeping bag and his restraints and allowed to shower and change clothes. Barrett told agents that Terry Yerton informed him the group was going to travel to an unspecified destination to locate and "arrest" an individual identified as Jody Miller, who Terry Yerton said was "a fugitive of the Drug Enforcement Administration."

Rental truck ditched

The rental truck was then reportedly driven to the Cortez airport where it was abandoned. At the airport, the men got into a 1995 Buick Century rented by Michael Yerton and drove west on U.S. 160 through the Four Corners area, arriving at Kayenta, Ariz., shortly after noon on April 13.

With the vehicle halted at a drive-through menu board at the Kayenta Burger King, Barrett jumped from the car, fled through a group of tourists and made his way into a nearby Norwest Bank. Employees at the bank placed a 9-1-1 call to local police.

Uniformed officers of the Kayenta department responded to the scene and soon learned there were three suspects in the incident and that loaded weapons were involved in the activity.

According to information provided by the Navajo Division of Public Safety, the rental car was located by officers in the parking lot of the Blue Coffee Pot Cafe. Officers found Terry Yerton and Laue at the cafe and found Michael Yerton at a Circle K convenience store.

The Statement of Probable Cause states the three suspects were interviewed at the Kayenta Police Department's Criminal Investigator's office. Statements made by the three suspects corroborated various aspects of Barrett's story, including his statement that he was taken against his will and that weapons were used. During the interviews, a consent to search the vehicle was given. The ensuing search produced two rolls of duct tape, three loaded pistols and several loaded and partially-loaded ammunition magazines.

Three counts filed

Count 1 of the charges filed by federal authorities on April 14 reads: "On or about April 13, 1999, in the District of Arizona and elsewhere, Terry P. Yerton, Michael J. Yerton, and Edward Daniel Laue, did unlawfully seize, confine, kidnap, abduct and carry away Dennis Barrett, in interstate commerce for ransom, reward, or otherwise."

A second count reads: "On or about April 13, 1999, in the District of Arizona and elsewhere, Terry P. Yerton, Michael J. Yerton, and Edward Daniel Laue, did assault Dennis Barrett with dangerous weapons, handguns, with the intent to do bodily harm."

A final count reads: "On or about April 13, 1999, in the District of Arizona and elsewhere, Terry P. Yerton, Michael J. Yerton, and Edward Daniel Laue, did possess, use, and brandish firearms, during and in relation to crimes of violence, that is, kidnaping as set forth in Count 1 and assault with a dangerous weapon as set forth in Count 2, both felonies prosecutable in courts of the United States."

According to Phoenix-based FBI agent Ed Hall, the defendants were ordered held without bond by a U.S. magistrate at Flagstaff. On April 19, the three defendants were remanded to the custody of U.S. marshals and taken to a Federal Contract Facility at Phoenix.

Lynx program on schedule

By John M. Motter

Reintroduction of Canadian lynx into the San Juan Mountains is pretty much on schedule, according to Todd Malmsbury, Colorado Division of Wildlife chief of information.

Currently, eight lynx are making tracks through the proposed reintroduction zone. One of those, a male and the largest and strongest of the imports, moved from the Upper Blanco Basin eastward across the Continental Divide to the Cumbres, La Manga Pass area, returned to the Blanco Basin, and late last week was located in the Chimney Rock area.

"Bad weather over the past couple of weeks has made it difficult to track the lynx," Malmsbury said. "We couldn't fly on several of those days."

All of the released lynx have radio collars and are tracked by aircraft. Several of the lynx released in the Wagon Wheel Gap vicinity east of the Continental Divide have crossed the Continental Divide into the mountains north of Pagosa Springs, then returned. The mobility of the wild felines is no surprise, according to Malmsbury.

"Male lynx typically have a range of 75 square miles," Malmsbury said. "Females range over about 40 square miles. The behavior of the lynx being introduced is probably not typical, because they are looking for a suitable place to live. If they were still in the north, they'd already be familiar with a range shown them by their mother."

Of the original five lynx planted in February, four have died of starvation. The fifth has been recaptured and is undergoing a feeding program along with 30 additional lynx being groomed in a holding facility north of Monte Vista. A study of the four who died of starvation has shown that no factor other than not getting enough to eat led to their deaths, Malmsbury said.

Change in procedure

Because of the death of four of the first five lynx released, the DOW altered the release protocol. Instead of holding the animals a few days and then turning them loose, the DOW is holding the remaining lynx until May. The longer holding time accomplishes two purposes, according to Malmsbury. First, the lynx are well fed and in excellent condition before being released. Second, by May, a variety of animals and birds will be available to broaden the lynx food supply. These include a variety of squirrels, blue grouse and rodents.

Trapping for this year is completed, Malmsbury said. The DOW has received 11 lynx from British Columbia, 11 lynx from the Canadian Yukon and 20 lynx from the Alaskan Yukon.

"The Alaska trapping was the most successful," Malmsbury said. "We received 13 females and seven males from Alaska. The Yukon trappers managed to catch four females and seven males. We wanted two females for every male."

In the meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will meet late this summer to determine if lynx will be placed on the endangered species list throughout the lower 48 states. The Colorado DOW has recommended to the federal agency that the lynx be placed on the endangered species list.

"It would be inconsistent for us not to make that recommendation," Malmsbury said, "since it has been on the endangered species list in Colorado for 25 years."

Seek specific designation

The DOW hopes, however, to have Colorado lynx designated as a "separate and distinct population," according to Malmsbury.

Such a designation would allow evaluation of the Colorado lynx population separately from the other states. If the reintroduction is successful, lynx could be dropped from the endangered species list in Colorado, even though they remain on the list in the other 47 states, Malmsbury said.

Some time this coming summer, the DOW will evaluate the success of this winter's reintroduction, then make a report to the state game commission. The conclusions from that evaluation, together with the commission's reactions, will determine if current plans to drop another 50 lynx into the mountains north of Gunnison will be carried out next winter.

Local man arrested for sexual assualt

By Karl Isberg

A Pagosa Springs resident was arrested and jailed on April 16 for his alleged sexual assault of a local woman earlier in the week.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant filed with the Archuleta County Court on April 14, Lorenzo Cardenas Echavarria is accused of assaulting a local woman after he entered her apartment on April 11. The affidavit states that Echavarria, 40, arrived at the woman's home at approximately 2 a.m. on April 11 and, though the victim answered the door, entered the apartment uninvited.

According to the police report, Echavarria is accused of forcing himself on the victim, during which time the woman protested in an attempt to halt his advances. The suspect is reported to have remained at the apartment until later in the morning. After the suspect left the apartment, the assault was reported to the Pagosa Springs Police Department.

Echavarria was arrested by Pagosa Springs police Captain Chuck Allen in the parking lot of a local hardware store. The suspect was jailed and was being held on April 21, in lieu of posting a $10,000 bond.

Blanco River restoration scheduled for fall

By John M. Motter

The on-again, off-again Blanco River Habitat Restoration Demonstration Project is on again, tentatively scheduled to start in early October.

About 1 mile of the river bed will be rebuilt, starting with the bridge accessing Blanco River RV Park in the Lower Blanco River valley and moving down stream. The purpose of the project is to alter stream flow in a way to improve water quality and habitat along that stretch of the river. Alterations will consist of narrowing the stream channel while restoring natural characteristics of the river bed. The result should produce lower water temperatures, making life better for the trout in the river.

Several local, state, and federal governmental agencies have endorsed the project, which is being conducted under the auspices of the San Juan Water Conservancy District.

Funding for the project comes from a $96,000 federal grant, and about $64,000 in local donations and in-kind contributions. The idea for the project has been around for several years, but work was expected to start last summer. Objections from certain property owners along the river delayed the start. Since then, those objections have been met to the satisfaction of the project's endorsers.

The possibility of starting work this fall was arrived at last week in a meeting between the water conservancy district board of directors, project supervisor Dave Rosgen of Wildland Hydrology, and Dale Hockett of Elk River Construction Company. Agreement was reached among the various parties concerning liabilities relative to the project and wording of a tentative contract. Final acceptance is contingent upon everyone accepting the final draft of the contract.

About $90,000 in hard cash remains of the original project funding. Rosgen has agreed to do the project under a time-and-materials concept. Rosgen's cost estimate for this fall is about $89,500 a mile. The work will begin and continue until the available money is spent. Originally, the available money was expected to fund about 2.2 miles of river restoration.

Backers hope, if the initial project is successful, that additional monies will become available to restore the entire reach of the Lower Blanco River.

Commissioners lower speed limit in Vista

By John M. Motter

The speed limit in the Vista subdivision has been reduced to 20 miles per hour based on the recommendation of Captain Otis May of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department.

Capt. May recommended the speed limit reduction to the county commissioners last month, based on safety concerns for the residents. Vista is a high-density subdivision located in the Fairfield Pagosa cluster of subdivisions west of Pagosa Springs. The houses are primarily mobile home or modular in construction. Vista residents tend to be beginning families with a considerable number of young children playing in the neighborhood and at times in the streets. The former speed limit was 30 miles per hour.

Vista is reached from U.S. 160 west by way of Vista Boulevard. The speed limit on Vista Boulevard remains at 35 miles per hour.

Before approving May's request, the commissioners ordered a study by county engineer Dan Flack, and by consultants Bechtel Engineering.

"I'd like us to look at speed limits for a lot of other county roads," said County Commissioner Bill Downey during the discussion. "Circumstances have changed since the original speed limits were set."

County Manger Dennis Hunt said the county has "been working on revamping speed limits for several months, mostly during non-busy times of the year."

Along with reducing the speed limit, Commissioner Gene Crabtree said he "would urge law enforcement to patrol more, not just depend on signs to keep people from speeding."

Public meeting on planning goals

County planning policy will be the subject of a public meeting scheduled for May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the extension building at the county fairgrounds. Tosch and Associates, a Durango consulting firm, will conduct the meeting. The Durango firm has been hired by the county to develop, conduct and interpret a survey designed to uncover what kind of planning and land use controls Archuleta County citizens want from the county government. At the May 6 meeting, Tosch and Associates will gather information to be used in constructing survey questions. The survey is expected to be conducted by telephone and be completed by late summer.

Public meeting on roads

The county road program will be the subject of a public meeting scheduled May 4, at 7 p.m. in the extension building at the county fairgrounds. Topics on the agenda will include methods for establishing road districts, roads proposed for future maintenance by the county, the county road engineering study and other subjects related to county road maintenance.

PUD regulations

Based on information supplied by developer Mike Branch, the county learned that county building regulations and county planned unit development regulations contradict each other. According to Branch, PUD regulations require completion of the PUD before a building permit can be issued. At the same time, structures within the PUD cannot be built without a building permit.

"Clearly, in order to complete a project, you have to violate one or the other of those regulations," Branch said.

The mistake exists in the PUD language, according to Kathy Ruth, county planning office director. She said the PUD language should have specified "certificate of occupancy" instead of building permit.

Several commissioners pointed out that the PUD regulations are the source of a great number of variance requests and that they needed additional work.

"We have scheduled a work session with the commissioners April 28," Ruth said. "We see the need for some changes in the PUD, but we need something there so the builder has to contact us before the project is complete. Sometimes we don't know a PUD is in progress unless we just happen to drive by. If we knew about the project earlier, we could save the developer time and money."

Social Services budget

The commissioners approved a Colorado Works Allocation and Maintenance of Effort county bid of $232,370 for 1998-99 presented by Social Services Director Erlinda Gonzalez. Items included in the proposed budget are $21,000 for a case manager for The Training Advantage, $25,000 for The Training Advantage fatherhood program, $19,570 for a mentor for The Training Advantage, $10,800 for a family advocate, $38,000 for the transportation program plus $20,000 in new monies, $10,000 for Colorado Works Training Monies, $60,000 for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and $28,000 for child care. The county's share of the budget amounts to $46,474.

Social Services child care

Director Gonzalez reported child care services provided by Archuleta County Department of Social Services could cost about $40,700 more than the $101,205 budgeted for that service during 1998-199. In order to balance the deficit, the county authorized Gonzalez to transfer surplus money from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families budget.

The surplus is created primarily by supporting full day care for infants, Gonzalez said, a program providing child care allowing mothers to hold jobs or get training who would otherwise be drawing welfare checks and not working.

Archuleta County forest products

A completed survey of Archuleta County forest products manufacturers and their economic viability was presented to the commissioners by Tim Reader. The survey was paid for by a variety of grants. The general conclusion was that the economic benefit of products manufactured from woods sold through Archuleta County timber sales is minimal and less than it should be.

Liquor licenses

San Juan Marina No. 1 and No. 2, both located at Navajo Lake, were granted 3.2 beer license renewals. A beer and wine license was approved for Heidi Frank of the Italian Kitchen, soon to open in the Silverado Center at Fairfield Pagosa.

October snow helps Wolf Creek set record

By Karl Isberg

Wolf Creek Ski Area entertained a record number of skiers during the 1998-99 season and area officials think it might be a few years before the area experiences similar numbers again, given ordinary winter conditions in the Rockies.

According to Wolf Creek general manager Davey Pitcher, 203,000 skiers enjoyed the slopes at Wolf Creek during the past ski season, exceeding a goal set prior to the season. Pitcher called the increase in numbers from the total of 158,000 in 1997-98, "a significant change. It was a very good year," he said.

Wolf Creek opened for business with good snow conditions in a timely fashion on Oct. 30, 1998, beating most areas in the region out of the starting gate.

"The early bird in the ski business has an advantage," said Pitcher. "If you can provide a good product early in the year, you're off and running."

Wolf Creek went one better: the area was off and sprinting, and with the help of some welcome snows in the southern San Juans, and little snow on the slopes at ski areas in other parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Therefore, the Pagosa ski destination became the clear favorite in the race.

Excellent snow conditions during spring break holidays in March brought large crowds to the slopes at Wolf Creek and the final month of operation saw several record days - most notably when 4,517 skiers were on the slopes on March 15 and when 4,625 skiers bought lift tickets on March 16. A snowfall of 87 inches during the week before the close of the season on April 4 was a fitting end to a tremendous year.

"We realize this (the record number of skiers) was somewhat of a fluke, what with the weather," said Pitcher. "We were happy to see it, but we don't expect those numbers again for five or six years."

Now that the season is complete, Pitcher said plans are underway to improve the Wolf Creek experience for next year. "We are going to build the Wolf Pup building," said Pitcher, "and we are still hopeful we will be able to put in a new lift, though this is still very much up in the air."


Inside The Sun
April 22, 1999

Dinner to benefit Southwest Colo. Land Alliance

By John M. Motter

An exclusive garden party featuring "Cuisine in the Rockies II" will be held for the benefit of the Southwest Colorado Land Alliance May 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the At Last Ranch.

Hostess for the event is Elizabeth A. "Betty" Feazel, long-time owner of the At Last Ranch and a founder of the Southwest Colorado Land Alliance. Since the organization's founding in 1980, Feazel served as a director for many years, often filling the office of treasurer.

"Cuisine in the Rockies is open to the public and we expect that everyone will have a wonderful time," Feazel said. "Everyone should know, however, that April 30 is the last day to make reservations and we are limiting the number of diners to 50." The cost of the dinner is $20 per person.

Proceeds from the dinner support administration activities of the organization, local promotion of the conservation trust concept and lobbying for the concept at state and federal governmental levels.

Much of the At Last Ranch has been placed in a conservation trust administered by land alliance, as are many other properties in the Pagosa Springs area and across the nation. The local organization administers 16 easements containing over 6,000 acres, according to Ron Chacey, vice chairman of the Southwest Colorado Land Alliance board.

The purpose of conservation trusts is to preserve certain aspects of a property, such as rural, wild or primitive characteristics. That goal is accomplished when land owners relinquish certain property rights to the Land Alliance or to another administrative entity. The most common relinquishment is developmental rights, the prerogative to subdivide a piece of property.

Because the relinquished right has a real value, the relinquishing property owner often gains both income, property and inheritance tax advantages, in addition to preserving the nature of the property. At the same time, the property owner can continue to live on the property and even continue to earn income from agricultural pursuits. The extent of surrendered rights and retained property rights is defined beforehand by contract.

Recently enacted legislation allows beneficiaries of an estate, under certain conditions, to retroactively place certain estate property values in trust, according to Chacey. The resultant lowering of the estate value might be sufficient to allow beneficiaries to retain the property, whereas estate taxes might have formerly forced sale of the property.

"Even though a property might be taxed at a low rate because it is agricultural land, for estate purposes the property is valued at market value," Chacey said. "This legislation may help some families save their properties. In addition, if certain other tests are met, another 40 percent reduction in property values is possible."

Property values deeded to a land trust are considered a charitable donation deductible from income under IRS rules, according to Chacey. There is also a bill before the current legislature extending the income exemption to state income taxes. It looks as if this bill will pass, Chacey said.

The local land trust also accepts donations of money, which are tax exempt, according to Chacey.

For information concerning the Southwest Colorado Land Trust, on placing land in a conservation easement, or to volunteer as a worker, call Bob Bigelow, Southwest Colorado Land Alliance chairman or Chacey.

Signs assist with emergencies, deliveries

By John M. Motter

Many folks in Archuleta County are now able to provide better directions to their homes, thanks to street name signs recently installed under the guidance of the county planning office.

A group known as the Joint Utilities Group is doing the installation work. Members of the group are Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District, La Plata Electric Association, county road and bridge, the county engineer and Kathy Ruth of the county planning department.

Funding for the signs comes from donations and the county commissioners. About $2,635 has been donated by concerned citizens. A one-time contribution of approximately $3,700 was budgeted by the county commissioners.

In addition to helping homeowners tell their friends and relatives where they live, the signs help delivery vans, law enforcement and fire personnel, and emergency medical responders reach destinations.

The signs have been installed on public and private roads. Private road installation is made only when requested by the property owner to enable delivery vehicles and emergency vehicles to find the location. Normally, developers and other property owners are required to purchase, install and maintain street signs. Over the years, many roads have not received signs, or have lost their signs.

Archuleta County has regulations concerning the installation of street signs. Persons interested in obtaining and installing street signs are urged to contact the county planning office.

County residents are also urged to install easily readable address signs at the entrance to their properties. The address signs are necessary in order to make the soon-to-be-complete, county-wide, enhanced 9-1-1 emergency system operable. Enhanced 9-1-1 automatically provides the 9-1-1 operator with the caller's telephone number and address, increasing the likelihood that an emergency responder can reach the emergency scene in timely fashion. Lack of an identifying address, however, could defeat the purpose of the system. The county has address signs available to the public.

The galvanized steel signs feature green letters on a white background. From 80 to 90 signs were purchased. The sign expenditure includes the cost of steel posts and cross members.


April 22, 1999

Where the sun doesn't shine

Eighteen years ago I voluntarily moved my place of employment and responsibility from the former high school building to the SUN building. The ensuing years have not diminished my respect and appreciation for the dedicated personnel - staff, faculty and administrators - who serve in the local public schools.

My background made it disappointing to read, edit and comprehend last week's page-1 article about the school board's April 13 executive session and subsequent action. To hire or terminate licensed teachers and administrators, or employees who fill staff positions is a normal occurrence. Such decisions should not be faulted . . . unless procedures used in the decision-making process ignore the state statutes or disregard public trust.

State and local public bodies empowered with decision-making and policy-setting responsibilities are expected to conduct their business in compliance with regulations set forth by state statutes. In Colorado, the state statutes which define the open meetings law is commonly known as the "Sunshine Law."

Folks in the newspaper business share a major concern on two aspects of the Sunshine Law - the publicly posting of a meeting agenda at least 24 hours prior to board meetings and the conducting of executive sessions.

The statute outlines what topics qualify for a legal executive session, and what procedures should be followed when such closed-door meetings occur. When the topic to be discussed in private relates to personnel, the law is even more concise. In these litigious-crazy times, the wisdom or equity of the regulations on personnel matters is obvious.

For a school board to ignore the statutes, whether by denying a licensed educator's request to have his personnel matters discussed in executive session, or by denying a staff member an opportunity to request for his personnel matter to be discussed in an open meeting, casts a light on the board's disregard for its public trust and its public responsibility.

It is equally questionable when a board member overlooks the prospect of a conflict of interest once he becomes aware of the subject of the executive session. In such cases, the board member should excuse himself from the discussions, not preside over them. He likewise should not vote on any related official action that might follow the executive session.

Whether the school board is empowered to terminate an employee's contract is not the argument. My concern is what does this type of closed-door manipulation have on the district's staff, faculty and administration who serve in the public schools?

The district's empowered policy makers should not expect those under them to effectively implement their policies in hopes of providing students with a quality education, while shirking their own responsibilities and disregarding the morale of those under them.

Ample fertilizer and the absence of sunshine is a productive environment for growing mushrooms. Such conditions are unsuitable for maintaining a healthy working relationship and bond of trust between members of a school board and those who serve under them. It should not require a state law to cause a school board to conduct its business openly in the sunshine.

David C. Mitchell

Dear Folks
By David C. Mitchell

A date for another painful change

Dear Folks,

I was standing at the northeast corner of my home on Sunday, December 7, 1941, when I heard the radio announce Pearl Harbor had been bombed. as an 8-year-old, I failed to grasp the significance.

I remember where I was on Friday, November 22, 1963, when I first learned of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.

My first thought was that an employee, William Washington, was joking in an uncharacteristically macabre manner. Then it hit me. He was serious.

The United States would never be same for me.

I experienced a similar sensation Tuesday. Ronnie Willett was just returning from lunch when told me of the noon news.

Again I tried to deny the reality. He's only joking. Not in Littleton.

Like it or not, I knew Ronnie was serious. Colorado would never be the same for me.

As I drove to the high school to visit with the principal, I listened to Denver's KOA station 850.

Seeing an ambulance coming down South 8th Street from the direction of the high school wasn't what I had hoped for. Nor was the "quick response" vehicle parked in front of the school.

It was reassuring to learn the ambulance had responded to a call at the senior housing. The response team was retrieving a CPR mannequin from a first aid class.

I felt selfish knowing parents in Littleton would have given anything for such good fortune.

Off and on for the next 11 hours the news on the radio and on the Web kept sending my mind back to November 22, 1963. And it kept fast forwarding me to the day's present reality.

Prior to Tuesday, my concerns on safety focused on my son who teaches in California, about 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

I'm conditioned to think a headline "High School Massacre" doesn't apply to Colorado.

Not any longer. My personal world has undergone another change.

My wife and many folks I like to count as friends all work at, or attend the local schools.

I hope I'm wrong. But the selective service system of the 1940s, '50s and '60s keeps coming to mind.

How long until local teachers and local students are randomly selected to become actively engaged in today's battlefront experiences? You like to think it will never happen. So you continue to pray.

I wish I had stayed at work later Tuesday night.

I'm sure other husbands and fathers lay awake Tuesday night praying for the safety of their wives, children and friends who are either teachers or students or both.

I'm not sure whether it is a curse or a blessing, but humans seem to have an innate characteristic of thinking ". . . will never happen to me." And I like to transfer that mind set of invincibility or protective shield to those I love and hold dear.

But then a couple of teenagers in Littleton go to school and I find myself making some mental readjustments.

More than ever, I am aware of the importance of keeping those whom I cherish aware of the fact that I love them of keeping them in my prayers.

So that's where I am today, again asking folks to:

Know you are loved and please keep us in your prayers.




By Shari Pierce

A salute to the local Post 108

Although Memorial Day is still a month away, I wanted to recognize those men and women from Archuleta County who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces over the years. In particular, I would like to take a brief look at the history of the American Legion here in Pagosa Springs and salute the wonderful, caring people of the local Post 108.

Lester Mullins was the first casualty of World War I from Archuleta County. He was killed in June 1918 at the Battle of Belleau Wood. Mullins is buried in Chateau Thierry, France, some 5 miles from the battle site.

On February 18, 1920, over 30 ex-servicemen met at the courthouse in Pagosa Springs to form a local chapter of the American Legion. It was decided to name the post the "Lester W. Mullins Post 108."

At this first meeting, Reef Egger was elected commander, Riley Hill vice commander, Leroy Marsh adjutant, Phillip Johnson finance officer, Harry Defoe historian and Rev. J. D. Leach chaplain.

These men began a tradition of service to their community which continues today. They led the post in Memorial and Armistice Day celebrations, fund raising activities, putting on Fourth of July activities and the search for a home for the post. They made many attempts to rent or buy buildings for their use. A lot of effort and money went into these unsuccessful attempts. It would be over 25 years before the post would find a permanent home.

In November 1921, a women's auxiliary was formed to aid the legion in its efforts.

In the mid 1920s, the post became inactive. It was reorganized in 1938 and was joined in June of that same year by another auxiliary unit formed by the wives of the legionnaires.

In 1946, a group of legionnaires started once again to make plans for a home for their post. This group of 101 men was finally able to make progress without substantial set backs. That year they were able to purchase land and began a fund-raising campaign to raise money for a building.

They found a building that they could move to their property and in 1949, the post finally had a permanent home. The building was originally the one-room O'Neal Park school building. Initially there were no utilities in the building, these were added in later years.

25 years ago

Trio busted on marijuana charge

Taken from SUN files of April 25, 1974

Two men and a woman were arrested late Monday night or early Tuesday morning at Pagosa Vista on charges of possession of marijuana. The trio was arrested by members of the district attorney's staff, taken to Durango and pleaded guilty to the charge, a misdemeanor. The arrests were made after Pagosa Security Officer Roy Vega noticed what were termed "suspicious circumstances."

The Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce's cleanup campaign last week was responsible for a big improvement in the appearance of the community. The main street was swept and washed, Town Park and the downtown parking area were cleaned and several junk cars were hauled away.

Despite short notice that the Four Corners Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament would be held here last weekend, crowds were large and the tournament was a success. Pagosa Springs won the team trophy with 24 points. Attendance, including about 150 boxers, was estimated at 500 persons per night.

Retail sales in Archuleta County were up 20.4 percent in 1973 over those of 1972, according to a report this month by the University of Colorado. Sales rose from $9,480,000 for the fiscal year of 1972 to $11,413,000 for the year of 1973.


Community News
April 22, 1999
Local Chatter
By Kate Terry

Pagosa hosts Red Cross disaster training program

Pagosa Springs belongs to the Frontier Chapter of the American Red Cross. Headquarters are in Greeley.

Steve Pippip is in charge of disaster services for the chapter, and he is coming to Pagosa Springs April 30 and May 1 to conduct a disaster workshop.

Anyone interested in attending this Red Cross disaster training program must attend a pre-orientation session on Friday evening at 6:30 at the Pine Ridge Extended Care Center, located at 119 Bastille Drive. To reach Pine Ridge, take the second left turn on North Pagosa Boulevard after leaving U.S. 160.

Two videos will be shown: "Introduction to Disaster Services" and "Mass Care and Overview."

The workshop is scheduled for April 30 at Dr. Mary Fisher Clinic at 6:30 p.m. and will continue Saturday morning at the clinic at 9, and will run until noon.

The purpose of this workshop is to teach people to be prepared for potential disasters.

If one is interested in attending the workshop but is unable to attend the April 23 session, please call Margaret at 731-3268 or Margie at 731-3086 (evenings) to obtain videos.

Around Town

Please note that the downtown mural (between Wagon Wheel Gallery and the Irish Rose) is being redone. All the bushes are out. And now the painting can begin. And when Jack Threet gets to town, he can start planting flowers. Won't it be nice to have this garden spot looking pretty again.

If you haven't heard Father John's piano-organ tape of his favorites, please do so. They are for sale. The cost is $10. The money goes for the young people to attend the Jubilee Year Youth Conference in Rome. Call Darlene at the rectory, 264-5702, to order.

Fun on the Run

T-shirt sayings:

Filthy Stinking Rich . . . Well, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.

I Used Up All My Sick Days . . . So I Called In Dead.

Husband and Cat Lost . . . Reward For Cat.

Just Give Me Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt.

If God Wanted Me To Touch My Toes, He Would Have Put Them on My Knees.

Wrinkled Was Not One Of the Things I Wanted To Be When I Grew Up.

Procrastinate Now.

My Husband and I Married For Better or Worse. He Couldn't Do Better and I Couldn't Do Worse.

The More I Learn About Women, The More I Love My Harley.

More Fun

First man: "I woke up this morning and felt so bad that I tried to kill myself by taking a thousand aspirins."

Second man: "Oh really, what happened?"

First man: "After the first two, I felt better."

Final Fun

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, Carl stood on the first tee at the golf course. He had just pulled out his driver when a young women in a wedding gown came running up to him crying, "You jerk!" She screamed in his face, "You lousy no-good jerk!"

"What's your problem Maggie?" he calmly replied. "I distinctly told you only if it rained."

Chamber News
By Sally Hameister

It's button-poppin' time at Chamber

We're just poppin' our buttons here this week with the announcement of eight new members. I just can't imagine a better way to begin a day than with this kind of excellent news.

You've probably noticed that colorful new sign in town, and we're delighted to welcome the creator of that sign and store owner, Angela Atkinson. Angela brings us The Pagosa Kid located at 472 Pagosa Street. The Pagosa Kid has toys that stimulate the imagination, creativity and educate in a way that's fun. They have it all - trains, books, puzzles, games and clothing for all of those very special "little people" out there. Please give Angela a call at 264-9330 for more information.

Gilda Garrison joins us with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Archuleta County located at 422 Pagosa Street, No. 8. Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America is a mentoring service matching children from single-parent families with adults who volunteer as friends and role models. If you are interested in becoming a part of this very valuable program, you can reach Gilda at 264-5077. I have friends who have become Big Sisters or Big Brothers, and I can tell you that the rewards are many and great.

Alspach's Antiques-Fine Furniture Refinishing joins us next with Richard (Dick) Alspach as chief refinisher located at 543 Park Avenue, No. 1, in the Pagosa Office and Storage Park. Dick uses a flow-over furniture stripping system which is safe for your furniture and economical for you. He can then refinish your furniture as you wish. Dick and Phyllis have been Associate Members of the Chamber for many moons, and Phyllis is one of our Diplomats, so it is especially nice to welcome Dick's business membership. Please call 731-9063 to learn more about giving your furniture a facelift.

We welcome Rick and Marcia Kraus who bring us Dancing Winds Lodge located at 101 Kleckner Lane, 16.7 miles north on Piedra Road near Williams Lake. Rick and Marcia will offer rustic luxury cabins with kitchens on forty-seven acres of beautiful Pagosa land as well as fishing, hiking, llama treks, hunting and guided horseback riding. Look for their Grand Opening on Memorial Day, and we will be announcing that in this column. If you have questions, you can reach them at 731-0102.

Tom White and Darryl Coster join us with Bechtolt Engineering, LLC, located in Greenbrier Plaza, 301 Pagosa Boulevard, Unit 13. These gentlemen will happily offer assistance to you in all phases of engineering and surveying. Please give them a call with questions about their services at 731-0255. We're happy to have you Tom and Darryl.

Next we welcome Dave and Barbara Snyder who bring us Inn at the Springs, LLC, located at 596 Antero Drive. Inn at the Springs is a log home family guest ranch serving complimentary full breakfast with a TV/VCR in each room. You will also find a bunk loft for children and a guest sitting room with a fireplace. Horseback riding is also available to you if you like. You can give these fine folks a call at 731-3362 to learn more.

We had the good fortune to inherit not only a new member but also a gorgeous new tile floor replete with the Chamber logo in mosaic with our next inductee. Billy Cumby is the man responsible for our beautiful new floor and joins us with his business, Original Stone Works. Billy is currently residing in Durango but will soon join the Pagosa ranks on a permanent basis. Original Stone Works is a mosaic workshop servicing Southwest Colorado with fine furniture to include tables, picture frames, murals, medallions and practically anything that comes his way. At present, you can reach Billy in Durango at 382-9459. Billy's king-sized business card appears on the floor of our Visitor Center, and I invite you to drop by and admire his work.

Along with all these businesses this week, we're happy to welcome Paige Wiersma as an Associate Member. As a reminder, we are always delighted to welcome those folks who don't own a business but who would like to be a part of the Chamber as Associate Members. This is a way to enter the Chamber loop and receive all the invitations, newsletters, announcements, etc. and to partake of all the Chamber activities. Please give us a call with questions at 264-2360.

Grand Opening

April Bergman invites you to join her for her Grand Opening Week at Curves for Women located at 117 Navajo Trail Drive, behind the Hogs Breath. April specializes in the 1 1/2-hour workout in just thirty minutes as well as a weight management program. Opening hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.m., and you can call for an appointment at 731-0333. We wish April great success with her new endeavor and are happy that she has joined our Chamber.


Yippee and hip-hip hooray, it's time for another SunDowner, and this month's party will be held at the newly-established Burly's Grill at the corner of U.S. 160 and North Pagosa Boulevard. Burly and Cindy just recently moved to this location and offer us this great opportunity to check out their new digs and sample some of the terrific food they offer on a daily basis. Wednesday, April 28, is the date and, as always, we will expect to see you from 5 to 7 in the evening. You can be sure Burly will have plenty of snacks on hand and a great time to boot. Please join us for our monthly SunDowner and the opportunity to catch up with those you may not have seen since last month's soiree.

Five Minutes of Fame

Don't forget to bring your business card and that extra five-spot to the SunDowner to purchase your chance to appear on the KWUF "Good Morning, Pagosa!" Wednesday morning Chamber of Commerce show. We have had a grand ole' time with our two winners from the last SunDowner and have two more to go in April. Suellen interviewed Steve Schwartz with Spectrum Construction/San Juan Builders Association, and I interviewed Pam Barsanti with Betty Johann Realty. We all enjoyed the time, and I am sure that those folks out in radioland learned at least one new thing about both Steve and Pam during the interviews. Bob Scott of Edward Jones Investments and Dan Levesque of Quest Mortgage will join us for the next two spots - and you could be the special guest on our first show in May. We will hold the May drawing at the SunDowner on April 28, at Burly's Grill and hope that you will win one of the spots.

Diplomat Workshop

We have already held one Diplomat Workshop and will be holding another tomorrow morning at the Visitor Center from 9 to 11 a.m. and invite anyone who is interested to join us. Please feel free to join us even if you're not quite sure you want to become a Diplomat - there is absolutely no obligation and we would love to see you. We will also be holding the third in the series next Tuesday, April 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. We can never have too many Diplomats and can always use extras to fill in on an alternate basis.

Join us please to meet some of the nicest people in Pagosa Springs.

Congratulations, Forest

Members Gary and Faye Bramwell, owners of Astraddle A Saddle, are mighty proud parents these days - their son, Forest, was just voted "Rookie of the Year" in the bareback riding category by the Wrangler World of Rodeo. He was awarded the title along with a nice cash prize as well. It's always wonderful to hear about our own Pagosa folks doing well in the world, and our warm congratulations go out to Forest, Faye and Gary. Be on the lookout for an upcoming article about Forest in Western Horseman Magazine as well. We're very proud of you, Forest.

Pagosa Lakes
By Ming Steen

1999 fishing season off to good start

The 1999 fishing season in Pagosa Lakes kicked off on April 1. Spring fishing has been good in all four lakes, with trophy-sized trout being caught out of Hatcher Lake, Lake Pagosa and Lake Forest. Lake Forest and Village Lake were stocked with over 2,000 pounds of 9- to 13-inch rainbows each in late March. Hatcher Lake was stocked this week with 3,500 pounds of 8- to 14-inch brown trout and rainbow trout. Lake Pagosa will be stocked in the next two weeks with 3,000 pounds of cutbow trout, a rainbow/cutthroat hybrid that has been historically very successful for us.

The warm water fish species are also coming in this week from Longmont. All four lakes will be stocked with largemouth bass and black and white crappie. Each lake will be stocked with approximately 1,400 to 1,600 bass and Village Lake and Lake Forest will be stocked with about the same number of crappie.

The 1999-2000 fishing season should be some of the best fishing in the area; all of the trout are certified whirling-disease free. Fishing permits may be purchased at the Ralph H. Eaton Recreation Center. If you have any questions concerning fishing in Pagosa Lakes please feel free to call Larry Lynch, PLPOA environmental technician at 731-5635. Good luck and have fun enjoying the outdoors.

Let's extend a warm welcome home to Gwyn Lewis who is back with us after an interesting year in India. Gwyn left last summer for Bombay as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. While in India, she did some amazing things - camel riding in the deserts of Rajasthan, visited the incredibly beautiful Taj Mahal, rafted the Ganges River and skied in the majestic Himalayas. Gwyn lived with a couple of different Indian Rotarian families and was exposed to life in India as a functioning member of a family. As our ambassador to India, Gwyn spoke of her country to Indian audiences. Likewise, she'll share with Pagosans the experience of her exchange.

Gwyn is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lewis of Pagosa. The other Rotary exchange student who is still finishing up her year abroad is Laura Kelley. Laura's family will soon be leaving Pagosa to visit her in New Zealand. We are proud of our young ambassadors and value their good work in fostering international understanding.

Durango Community Concerts Association is selling season memberships for 1999-2000. After 53 years of enriching the cultural life of this corner of southwest Colorado, DCCA will continue to bring in a variety of performers. The 1999-2000 program will consist of Joe Trio (violin, piano and cello); Tian Jiang (solo pianist); and Boston Brass (French horn, tuba, trombone and trumpets). Because of a reciprocal arrangement, DCCA members are also able to attend shows brought in by the Farmington and Cortez groups. For additional information, please contact Carl Schultz, DCCA, 909 E. 3rd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.

Pagosa Area Trails Council, in partnership with the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Archuleta County is sponsoring an Outdoor Recreation and Equipment Fair at the County Extension Building on Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free programs on a wide range of topics will be offered. Colorado Fishing Adventures will cover fly-fishing; John Applegate will introduce some great hikes within a few hours of Pagosa; Phyllis Decker will share opportunities available to wilderness volunteers; Dick Moseley and Dixie Newman will talk about wildflowers and herbs, respectively; Bob Hemenger will cover some basic outdoor survival skills; and Bill Sayre's talk will focus on health preparedness for the backcountry and Y2K. In addition, there will be outdoor programs by the following people: Jim Sheperdson - introduction to GPS; Sandy Applegate - Reservoir Hill hike; and Doug Call - bike rides in the area. A large number of outdoor organizations and local retailers will be represented at the fair. A limited number of booths are still available for rent. An 8-by-8-foot booth rents for $20. Please contact John Applegate for additional information.

Senior News
by Thelma Risinger

Time to visit and eat at seniors Chili Supper

Hello everybody.

This Saturday, April 24, is the day of the Chili Supper at El Centro. Time is here folks. Put your visiting clothes on and get hungry because we are going to visit and eat together. It is an all county occasion and takes in all ages. Plenty cakes, pies and corn bread will be needed from the volunteers. Help will be needed in every department - so pitch in. Price of the Chili Supper tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children.

I have been intending to tell you for sometime - I do not write the headlines to this funny little column.

Birthdays will be celebrated April 30 at El Centro. If you have had a birthday in April come sit at the birthday table and let us sing to you. My daughter, Maudie Baker, had a birthday April 14, and my great-grandson, Patrick Alley, has a birthday April 22. I would have been married 70 years on April 13, if my husband was alive. We had 35 years together.

Alex Cairns was a visitor for lunch at El Centro on Wednesday.

It is great to have Mae Boughan back at the center. Mae was in a wreck recently and has been without a vehicle.

The old senior bus is in for repairs three-fourths of the time. We have been riding with the staff - or getting there the best way we can. I hear rumors of a new bus. Changes are being made at El Centro - some like it, some don't. Oldtimers are not for much change.

Prayers for our sick and shut-ins.

We are having some winter time in April. A dusting of snow almost every morning and a cold wind.

A new great-grandbaby and Scrabble is about all that keeps me going at this time.

Hello to Nita and Swede Larson back in Missouri.

We also wonder where Dianna and Jerry Martinez went. They hardly come back anymore.

There was a state board meeting at El Centro today.

Cindy Gustafson is "Senior of the Week" out here at El Centro. Cindy is from Kansas City - a very gracious lady. Cindy and her husband Ron live out at Aspen Springs and do a lot of traveling. Cindy does church work and Ron works on the museum, both as volunteers. A good couple.

We'll see you at the Chili Supper.

Bye, bye.

Library News
by Lenore Bright

Library has Hantavirus fact sheet

This danger is with us. The Deer Mouse lives here. It is a small mouse with a hairy tail and large ears. It carries Hantavirus. It can get through a hole the size of a dime. Plug holes with steel wool to keep them out of your house.

Hantavirus will probably be more prevalent this year because of our mild winter. The virus is passed to humans through contact with a rodent's infected urine, feces or saliva. Breathing contaminated dust is the most common form of transmission.

We have a Hantavirus fact sheet courtesy of the San Juan Basin Health Department we will gladly copy for you free of charge. It will tell you how to control this deadly problem. Ask for it at the desk.

More Exposure

The April issue of the Triple A Motorist magazine featured the Piedra River and Navajo Lake. This reminds us that people are planning their summer fun trips. The Pagosa Area Trails Council in partnership with Colorado State University Extension Office is sponsoring an outdoor recreation and equipment fair at the Extension building on May 8 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Free programs will include topics such as fly-fishing, how to use a GPS, and many more demonstrations of equipment and skills. Sounds like lots of good information and fun for all us.

Medical Information

Dr. Pam Kircher brought us "Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine," by Dr. Rudolph Ballentine. Dr. Ballentine is a medical doctor who became intrigued by the workings of mind-body medicine. Drawing on 30 years of medical study and practice, Dr. Ballentine melds the wisdom of great traditional healing systems to produce a new level of effective healing.

His book deals with common sense essentials such as diet, medicinal plants and substances, and integrates the world's major healing and wisdom traditions.

Foods Fight Pain

Another medical book thanks to Dr. Bill Sayre. This book gives revolutionary new strategies for maximum pain relief. "Food That Fights Pain," by Dr. Neal Barnard draws on new research from prestigious medical centers around the world. The book discusses foods that can soothe everyday ailments and cure chronic pain. It also reveals which foods regularly contribute to pain and how to avoid them. This book is a revolutionary approach to healing that may transform your life.

Great Gift

Dr. Kircher volunteered to go through our medical books and suggest which ones should be replaced. Our collection was woefully out-of-date. We worked with the University of Colorado Medical Center, and were given a list of books we should have in the library.

The cost will be approximately $1,000 to replace the old books and buy the new important ones.

Last week, Rod and Barbara Preston, co-chairs of the Supper Fellowship of the Community Methodist Church, brought the library a check for $1,000 to buy the medical books. On behalf of our patrons, we wish to thank the Fellowship members for their generosity. The money will be well spent on our community's health needs.


Dallas and Lucille Johnson in memory of Lorraine Cline. Kate Terry in memory of Harold Farrah.

More donations to the Dorothy Schutz Memorial Fund: The McLaughlin Family, Don and Ethel Rasnic and the Archuleta County Search and Rescue Team.

Friends and relatives of the Miller Family from Dawson, Iowa, who died in the tragic plane wreck last month: Marsha McClintock, Theresa Kunkle, Douglas and Mary Bruce. The family wrote notes to Dennis Schutz thanking him for his part in searching for their loved ones.

Materials came from George Davis, William C. Davis, Fran Smith, Barbara Lindley, Gary Hopkins, Mary Weiss, Cindy Baker, Frances Penland, Cathy Dodt-Ellis, Alta and David Northrop, Barbara Palmer, Margaret Wilson, Tom Knudsen and Sheila Hunkin.

Sports Page
April 22, 1999

Ladies nip Center, host Miners

By Roy Starling

After splitting two games last weekend, the young Lady Pirates soccer team is hoping to even the score with the Telluride Miners who will be in town today for a 4 p.m. game at Golden Peaks Stadium.

The Miners trounced a shorthanded Lady Pirate squad 10-0 March 27 in Telluride.

Last Friday, the Ladies traveled to Center where they nipped the Vikings 1-0 in what felt like an arctic wind tunnel. "It must have been about 15 degrees and the wind was blowing about 30 miles per hour," coach Lindsey Kurt-Mason said.

The Ladies' shutout was keyed by strong performances by defenders Kelli Patterson and Alisha Ranson. "Kelli and Alisha had outstanding games," Kurt-Mason said. When the girls got the ball on the defensive third of the field, "they distributed it to the wings the way they should."

When the ball got past the Pagosa defenders, freshman goalie Ashley Gronewoller was there to keep it out of the net. "Ashley had a great game in the goal," Kurt-Mason said. "She had eight tough saves on hard shots and played the ball off the sides real well too."

The game was still scoreless with three minutes to go, but at that point a Viking foul inside the penalty area gave Pagosa's offensive whiz Jennifer Gross a penalty kick from 12 yards out. Viking fans watching the game from the comfort of their cars proceeded to lean on their horns, and Gross, perhaps distracted by this din, missed the shot.

"I think that horn business made Jennifer a little mad," Kurt-Mason said. "Right after she missed that penalty kick, she took the ball from the defensive third of field, dribbled it all the way down and scored unassisted."

Center made another charge at the Ladies in the waning seconds, but their defense was up to the task, and Pagosa left the windblown field with a 1-0 victory.

On Saturday, the Lady Pirates kept their game with Durango's junior varsity in Pagosa close until halftime, trailing only 2-0 at intermission. "Our defense kept us in the game in the first half," Kurt-Mason said. "Alisha and Kelli played well again, and Cassie Pfeifle and Cathy Tharpe played some great defense."

Gronewoller wound up snagging 20 saves on the day.

While the Demons rallied in the second half for a final 7-0 margin of victory, Kurt-Mason contends the game was closer than the score would suggest.

"The girls are definitely improving," he said. "Every game we play, something clicks. For instance, it's not just a run-and-kick game anymore. They're getting much better at controlling the ball. And they're working really hard. They always want to know what they can do to get better."

The Ladies will get a chance to gauge their improvement against the Miners today. "Telluride has a very strong team," Kurt-Mason said. "But this time we'll have more players and more experience."

Tomorrow the team travels to Ouray to play a game originally scheduled for April 10. Pagosa beat the Demons last month at Golden Peaks 7-1.

Kurt-Mason said the district tournament scheduled for this weekend in Durango has been canceled. The Lady Pirates will advance directly to regionals on May 1, hosting the loser of the Telluride-Ouray game. "If we win that game," Kurt-Mason said, "we'll host the first round of the state playoffs."

Pirates surprise coach in Pine River Invitational

By John M. Motter

Pagosa Springs' Julia Rolig turned in the best Class 3A 400-meter time reported in the state this year at the Pine River Invitational Track Meet in Ignacio last Friday.

Rolig blistered the 400-meter course in a time of 1 minute and 04.4 seconds, well ahead of the 1.08.7 recorded by Mary Wells of Norwood for second place. Rolig's time is also far ahead of the 1.06.19 reported by The Denver Post last week as the best 400-meter time recorded by a Class 3A girl this year.

Pagosa Springs' boys and girls track athletes overcame gusty winds to finish third among 10 teams competing in the Pine River Invitational track meet Friday at Ignacio. Most of Pagosa's entries competed in four events each.

The Pirate boys earned 86 points, finishing third behind first-place Bayfield (141 points) and second-place Norwood (103 points).

Pagosa's girls also finished third. The girls earned 102 points, trailing first-place Ignacio (161 points) and second-place Bayfield (143 points).

Pushing the boys to their best finish in several years were three first-place finishes, four second-place finishes, one third-place finish, four fourth-place finishes, one fifth-place finish and two sixth-place finishes. Team points were awarded for the first six finishers in each event.

Pagosa's girls grabbed six first-place finishes, tying Ignacio as best in that department. The Pagosa ladies also earned two second-place finishes, one third-place finish, four fourth-place finishes, two fifth-place finishes and one sixth-place finish.

Shane Prunty won first place in the shotput and placed second in the discus to pace the Pagosa boys in the field events. Josh Richardson finished fourth in the shotput.

In the running events, Clint Shaw won first place in the 100-meter dash and Doug Newton captured first place in the 3,200-meter run. Shaw also placed second in the 200-meter dash and the triple jump.

Richardson picked up points by finishing fourth in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

The boys' relay teams finished second in the 3,200-meter relay, fifth in the 800-meter relay, third in the 400-meter relay and fourth in the 1,600-meter relay.

Running on the relay teams were Tyler Kirtley, Aaron Perez, Keith Frank, Eric Baldwin, Shane Prunty and Patrick Riley.

Picking up individual firsts for the Lady Pirates were Rolig in the 400-meter run, Sara Fredrickson in the shotput and Sarah Huckins in the 100-meter hurdles. Fredrickson also finished second in the 300-meter hurdles. Meigan Canty earned a second in the 800-meter run, while Huckins was third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Earning additional points for Pagosa Springs were Huckins with a fifth-place finish in the high jump, Andrea Ash with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600-meter run and a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, Tiffanie Hamilton with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash and Makina Gill with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.

The Lady Pirates finished first in the 800-meter relay, 400-meter relay and 1,600-meter relay. They were fourth in the 3,200-meter relay and the 800-meter medley relay (100-, 100-, 200-, 400-meter legs). Running on the relay teams were Canty, Fredrickson, Hamilton, Rolig, Huckins, Gill, Joetta Martinez and Lizzie Mueller.

Both teams compete at Bloomfield Saturday.

Team results of the Pine River Invitational Track Meet:

Boys: Bayfield - 141.5, Norwood - 103, Pagosa Springs - 86, Del Norte - 77.5, Ignacio - 68, Dolores - 65, Durango JV - 15, Silverton, White Mountain, Sierra Grande.

Girls: Ignacio -161, Bayfield - 143, Pagosa Springs - 102, Dolores - 96, Durango JV - 28.5, Norwood - 23, Del Norte - 22.5, Silverton - 4, Sierra Grande.

Individual results, boys:

High Jump - first place, Tony Kimball, Bayfield, 6'2"; second place, Jake Evig, Del Norte, 5'6"; third place, Casey Brown, Norwood, 5'4"; fourth place, Kyler Ross, Ignacio, 5'4"; fifth place, Jerry Uliberry, Del Norte, 5'2"; sixth place, Josh Goad, Del Norte, 5'2".

Long jump - first place, Ryan McLaughlin, Bayfield, 19'; second place, Kevin Herron, Norwood, 18'11-1/4"; third place, Rodney Hocker, Ignacio, 18'4"; fourth place, Matt Brown, Bayfield, 17'6"; fifth place, Leroy Tafoya, Dolores, 17'1 1/2"; sixth place, Jerry Uliberry, Del Norte, 16'10 1/2".

Triple jump - first place, Kevin Herron, Norwood, 38'7 1/2"; second place, Clint Shaw, Pagosa Springs, 37'5 1/2"; third place, Ronnie Hunter, Ignacio, 36'2"; fourth place, Ben Nelson, Bayfield, 35'7"; fifth place, Matt Nelson, Bayfield, 34'6 1/2"; sixth place, Bill Sonner, Dolores, 33'11".

Shot put - first place, Shane Prunty, Pagosa Springs, 42'3"; second place, Jake Evig, Del Norte, 41'4"; third place, Justin Fecteau, Dolores, 38'8 1/2"; fourth place, Jesse Swanemyr, Ignacio, 38'3 3/4"; fifth place, Calvin Parks, Ignacio, 36'9"; sixth place, Justin Dolezal, Norwood, 35'1".

Discus - first place, Jake Evig, Del Norte, 144'3"; second place, Shane Prunty, Pagosa Springs, 126'10"; third place, Levi Brown, Ignacio, 116'2"; fourth place, Josh Richardson, Pagosa Springs, 112'5"; fifth place, Justin Dolezal, Norwood, 108'4"; sixth place, Justin Fecteau, Dolores, 105'10".

3,200-meter relay - first place, Bayfield, 9:17.7; second place, Pagosa Springs, 9:46.7; third place, Del Norte, 10:05.01; fourth place, Ignacio, 10:05.08; fifth place, Durango JV, 10:34.9; sixth place, Dolores, 10:56.6.

110-meter hurdles - first place, Cody Beaver, Dolores, 18.5; second place, Casey Garvin, Dolores, 18.8; third place, John Williams, Bayfield, 19.2; fourth place, Josh Richardson, Pagosa Springs, 19.9; fifth place, Ben Heyneman, Del Norte, 20.8; sixth place, Scott Consaul, Del Norte, 19.9.

100-meter dash - first place, Clint Shaw, Pagosa Springs, 11.3; second place, Kirk Oliver, Norwood, 11.4; third place, Jesse Lasater, Bayfield, 11.7; fourth place, Ramon Trujillo, Del Norte, 11.9; fifth place, Garrett Nielson, Dolores, 12; sixth place, Troy Dodgion, Del Norte, 12.2.

1,600-meter run - first place, Ronnie Hunter, Ignacio, 5:14.8; second place, Ben Waddell, Norwood, 5:20; third place, Andy Schaaf, Bayfield, 5:21.3; fourth place, Abeyta, Durango JV, 5:24.4; fifth place, Zach Snyder, Norwood, 5:27.0; sixth place, Kyler Ross, Ignacio, 5:27.1.

400-meter relay - first place, Bayfield, 46.2; second place, Norwood, 46.3; third place, Pagosa Springs, 51.1; fourth place, Ignacio, 51.6; fifth place, Dolores, 54.1; sixth place, Durango JV, 55.2.

400-meter dash -  first place, Adam Priestly, Norwood, 52.1; second place, Micah Priest, Bayfield, 55.9; third place, Michael Ratliff, Del Norte, 56.8; fourth place, Josh Goad, Del Norte, 57.1; fifth place, Adam Jobes, Bayfield, 58.3; sixth place, Matt Brown, Bayfield, 58.7.

300-meter hurdles - first place, Casey Garvin, Dolores, 46.4; second place, Ben Heyneman, Del Norte, 48.2; third place, Scott Consaul, Del Norte, 48.2; fourth place, Josh Richardson, Pagosa Springs, 49.5; fifth place, John Williams, Bayfield, 50.5, sixth place, Jude Valdez, Ignacio, 51.3.

800-meter run - first place, Richie Monger, Bayfield, 2:14.6; second place, Doug Consaul, Del Norte, 2:22.7; third place, Andy Schaaf, Bayfield, 2:28.5; fourth place, Devine, Durango JV, 2:31.8; fifth place, Mahanf, Durango JV, 2:32.3; sixth place, Chad Ludwig, Bayfield, 2:37.8.

200-meter dash - first place, Adam Priestly, Norwood, 22.5; second place, Clint Shaw, Pagosa Springs, 23.8; third place, Ramon Trujillo, Del Norte, 23.9; fourth place, Garrett Nielson, Dolores, 24.1; fifth place, Cody Beaver, Dolores, 24.5; sixth place, Dan Candelaria, Bayfield, 25.

3,200-meter run - first place, Doug Newton, Pagosa Springs, 11:09.6; second place, Ben Waddell, Norwood, 11:22.5; third place, Zach Snyder, Norwood, 11.34.1; fourth place, Tim Spishock, Bayfield, 12:03.3; fifth place, Jude Valdez, Ignacio, 12:06.32; sixth place, Harpel, Durango JV, 12:11.8.

1,600-meter relay - first place, Bayfield, 3:51.6; second place, Norwood, 4:05.6; third place, Dolores, 4:14.9; fourth place, Pagosa Springs, 4:18.5; fifth place, Ignacio, 4:21.1.

Pole vault - first place, Ryan McLaughlan, Bayfield, 9'6"; second place, Matt Nelson, Bayfield, 9'; third place, Ronnie Hunter, Ignacio, 9'; fourth place, Kyler Ross, Ignacio, 9'; fifth place, Rodney Hocker, Ignacio, 8'6".

Individual results, girls:

High jump - first place, Lindsay Dallison, Bayfield, 4'8"; second place, Jamie Sirios, Bayfield, 4'6"; third place, Becky Young, Bayfield, 4'4"; fourth place, Crystal Gray, Dolores, 4'2"; fifth place, Sarah Huckins, Pagosa Springs, 4'2"; sixth place, T.J. Peters, Ignacio, 4'0".

Long jump - first place, Daisy Ragland, Dolores, 16'1 3/4"; second place, Brooke Taylor, Ignacio, 15'6 1/2"; third place, Sheena Burns, Dolores, 13'5 1/4"; fourth place, Alexis Davie, Del Norte, 13'5 1/4"; fifth place, T. Peters, Ignacio, 13'1 3/4"; sixth place, Andrea Cusick, Bayfield, 13'3/4".

Triple jump - first place, Brooke Taylor, Ignacio, 33'2"; second place, Becky Vandenberg, Bayfield, 28'6 1/2"; third place, Jenny Trumble, Del Norte, 26'10 1/2"; fourth place, T.J. Peters, Ignacio, 26'8 3/4"; fifth place, Alexis Davie, Del Norte, 26'7 1/2"; sixth place, Quincy Trujillo, Ignacio, 26'5 3/4".

Shot put - first place, Sara Fredrickson, Pagosa Springs, 32'10"; second place, K. Jackson, Ignacio, 31'9"; third place, April Le Blanc, Dolores, 31'5 1/4"; fourth place, C. Young, Ignacio, 31'1"; fifth place, Lancie Mardle, Norwood, 30'9 3/4"; sixth place, R. Herrera, Ignacio, 30'4".

Discus - first place, T. Ruybul, Ignacio, 112'6"; second place, K. Jackson, Ignacio, 97'7"; third place, Lance Mardle, Norwood, 94'5"; fourth place, S. Cyphers, Ignacio, 93'; fifth place, Becky Vandenberg, Bayfield, 79'; sixth place, W. Jackson, Ignacio, 78'3".

3,200-meter relay - first place, Ignacio, 11:13; second place, Bayfield, 11:19; third place, Durango JV, 11:56.7; fourth place, Pagosa Springs, 12:37.6; fifth place, Dolores, 12:42.9; sixth place, Del Norte, 13:14.7.

100-meter hurdles - first place, Sarah Huckins, Pagosa Springs, 19.2; second place, Sierra Allen, Bayfield, 19.2; third place, Becky Young, Bayfield, 19.7; fourth place, Rosenberry, Durango JV, 21.3; Schank, Durango JV, 22.3; sixth place, Tessa Davis, Del Norte, 22.8.

100-meter dash - first place, Daisy Ragland, Dolores, 13.2; second place, T. Ruybal, Ignacio, 13.2; third place, A. Candelaria, Ignacio, 13.6; fourth place, Lindsay Dallison, Bayfield, 13.6; fifth place, T. Zoltec, Ignacio, 13.9; sixth place, Jean Ann Meyer, Del Norte, 14.1.

800-meter relay - first place, Pagosa Springs, 1:58.8; second place, Bayfield, 2:08.2; third place, Del Norte, 2:09.7; fourth place, Dolores, 2:19.3.

1,600-meter run - first place, Regan Brown, Dolores, 6:18.45; second place, Jessica Randolph, Bayfield, 6:29.3; third place, MacPhearson, Durango JV, 6:29.8; fourth place, Sky Legge, Silverton, 6:45.1; fifth place, Connelly, Durango JV, 6:47.6; sixth place, Andrea Ash, Pagosa Springs, 6:50.8.

400-meter relay - first place, Pagosa Springs, 54.4; second place, Ignacio, 55.1; third place, Durango JV, 58.6; fourth place, Dolores, 60.9; fifth place, Bayfield, 61.6.

400-meter dash - first place, Julia Rolig, Pagosa Springs, 1:04.4; second place, Mary Wells, Norwood, 1:08.7; third place, Kim Morgan, Dolores, 1:09.3; fourth place, Star Ross, Ignacio, 1:09.8; fifth place, Andrea Ash, Pagosa Springs, 1:11.4; sixth place, S. Swink, Ignacio, 1:13.3.

300-meter hurdles - first place, Alison Young, Ignacio, 52.9; second place, Sara Fredrickson, Pagosa Springs, 53.8; third place, Sarah Huckins, Pagosa Springs, 53.9; fourth place, Becky Young, Bayfield, 55.7; fifth place, Sierra Allen, Bayfield, 58.4; sixth place, Schank, Durango JV, 58.5.

800-meter run - first place, Kira Ross, Ignacio, 2:36.9; second place, Meigan Canty, Pagosa Springs, 2:46.8; third place, Michelle Miller, Bayfield, 2:49.5; fourth place, Treanor, Ignacio, 2:50.7; fifth place, Andrea Cuysick, Bayfield, 2:51.1; sixth place, Brown, Dolores, 2:52.1.

200-meter dash - first place, Daisy Ragland, Dolores, 28; second place, Mary Wells, Norwood, 29.2; third place, Jamie Zoltek, Ignacio, 29.2; fourth place, Tiffanie Hamilton, Pagosa Springs, 29.3; fifth place, Sheena Burns, Dolores, 29.7; sixth place, Quincy Trujillo, Ignacio, 30.2.

3,200-meter run - first place, Tegan Brown, Dolores, 13:35.1; second place, Sierra Allen, Bayfield, 14:26.9; third place, Cheri Casper, Bayfield, 14:43.4; fourth place, Makina Gill, Pagosa Springs, 14:50.8; fifth place, Marie Van Abbema, Bayfield, 15:16.5.

1,600-meter relay - first place, Pagosa Springs, 4:36.9; second place, Ignacio, 4:55; third place, Bayfield, 5:05.3; fourth place, Dolores, 5:41.6.

Pole vault - first place, Ruth Spishock, Bayfield, 6'6"; second place, Minky Paulek, Bayfield, 6'6"; third place, Wesley Jackson, Ignacio, 6'; fourth place, Trista Martin, Bayfield, 6'; fifth place, Briana McManus, Ignacio, 5'.

800 medley relay - first place, Ignacio, 2:03.8; second place, Dolores, 2:14; third place, Bayfield, 2:19.4; fourth place, Pagosa Springs, 2:22; fifth place, Del Norte, 2:22.6; sixth place, Durango JV 2:53.7.

Schofield blanks Panthers

By Roy Starling

Senior Jason Schofield silenced the Piedra Vista Panthers with a 2-hit shutout Saturday, and the Pirates picked up a run in the first inning and another in the seventh to earn a 2-0 victory in Farmington Saturday.

The Pirates gave the hard-throwing Schofield all the offense he would need in the opening frame. Center fielder Lonnie Lucero opened the game with an opposite-field triple over the right fielder's head, then Ronnie Martinez drove him home by beating out an infield single to the shortstop.

Schofield then gave the Panthers an idea of what they were in for by striking out the side in the bottom of the first. By game's end he had whiffed 14 Panthers, giving up only two hits and three bases on balls. In his last two starts, Schofield has struck out 26 batters in 12 innings and hasn't allowed a runner to cross the plate. His earned-run average is now hovering around the 1.00 mark.

"Schofield was dominating," coach Tony Scarpa said. "I think this was his best game of the year so far."

The Panthers briefly forced Schofield to break a sweat in the third and fourth innings. Dick Mills opened the third for the Panthers with a hard ground ball just under shortstop Martinez' glove. Mike Knight popped up to Schofield and Harry Cates struck out trying to catch up with a fastball.

Chad Wright then lined a shot into left field, putting runners at first and third with two down, but Schofield induced the next batter to chase a breaking ball well out of the strike zone to retire the side.

Schofield used a looping off-speed curve to strike out the first man up in the fourth, but then lost his concentration long enough to walk the next two Panthers. He set up the next hitter with two sizzling fastballs, then caught him looking at a slow curve for a called third strike. Schofield closed out the inning by blowing a third-strike fastball by the same batter who broke up his no-hitter in the third.

The Panthers would be kept off the base paths for the remainder of the game. They would come close, however, with two outs in the fifth. Wright smacked what appeared to be a base hit up the middle, but Martinez chased it down behind second base and made a great running throw to Brandon Thames to nail the runner at first.

With a slim 1-0 lead going into the top of the seventh, the Pirates managed to secure an insurance run with Lucero again playing a critical role. Pagosa's speedy center fielder lined to center for a single, then advanced to second after pestering the Piedra Vista pitcher into a balk.

Martinez sacrificed Lucero to third, and Schofield reached safely when the third baseman's throw pulled the Panther first baseman off the bag. This brought Pirates catcher Jeff Wood to the plate. Wood, having tripled to deep center earlier off Piedra Vista's starting pitcher, was issued a free pass to first, loading the bases.

Clinton Lister then delivered by sending a fly ball deep to center field, bringing home Lucero and providing Schofield a bit more breathing room.

Schofield responded by getting the first batter in the seventh to ground out to Rusty Nabors at third, then, showing no signs of late-game fatigue, simply overpowered the final two batters for strikeouts.

The non-conference win gave the Pirates a 5-2 record on the season.


Fans among winners at Ross Memorial Tourney

By Roy Starling

The fourth annual Dirk and Colt Ross Memorial Basketball Tournament was "another great success," according to one of the tournament's organizers, Troy Ross. Ross estimates "about a thousand" fans showed up to watch some great basketball during the four-day event.

Proceeds from the tournament go towards scholarships for students from Pagosa Springs and Ignacio high schools.

The tournament was marked by fierce competition and close games throughout. Making their way all the way to a championship was Gunnison, squeaking past Radio Shack in the Open Division; J.R.'s Concrete winning by one over Valdez Forest in the 6-foot-and-under Division; and Ross Boot and Saddle, getting by Nashe's Nightclub in the 35-and-over "Ben-Gay" Division.

Earning individual distinction from the Open Division were Brad Schick, Gunnison, Most Valuable Player; Willie Pierce, Gunnison, Mr. Hustle (in honor of Colt Ross); and Eric Sanchez, Gunnison, Mr. Defense (in honor of Dirk Ross).

The all-tournament team from the Open Division was comprised of Brian Howard and Steve Schutz from Run With Us; Yul Wilson, Jeff Storm and Shane Gray of Radio Shack; David Snarr of Bear Creek; and Mike Legg of Gunnison.

In the 6-foot-and-under Division, the MVP went to an entire team, J.R.'s Concrete. "The talent was just too evenly balanced on the division champions to single out one player," Ross explained. Mr. Hustle went to Wes Lewis of J.R.'s, and Mr. Defense was awarded to Jeff Norton of Valdez Forest.

Making the all-tournament team in this division were Troy Norton and Johnny Valdez of Valdez Forest; Brad Dorais and Jake Maroney of J.R.'s; Les Lister and Ponche Garcia of Bear Creek; and Mike John of Jicarilla Inn.

Ross said he was deeply grateful to all the players, volunteers and fans who helped make this year's tournament so successful.


Pirates sweep Bobcats, go 4-0 in IML

By Roy Starling

The Pagosa Pirates swept a doubleheader from a much improved Ignacio baseball team Tuesday in Ignacio, winning the first game 7-4 then getting a 1-hit shutout from Ronnie Martinez to take the nightcap 13-0. Winners of six straight games, the Pirates take a 4-0 Intermountain League mark into Saturday's doubleheader at Del Norte.

In Tuesday's opener, the Pirates mustered a 3-run rally in the sixth, highlighted by Clinton Lister's 2-run homer over the center field fence, to put away the stubborn Bobcats.

Pagosa reached Bobcat starter Kevin Hornish for a run in the top of the first. Lonnie Lucero opened the game by beating out a grounder to third, then advancing to second on a throwing error.

A Ronnie Martinez grounder moved Lucero to third, and then Jason Schofield sent a towering double over the right fielder to bring Lucero home. The Pirates then loaded the bases off Hornish but could do no further damage.

After baffling the first two Bobcat batters he faced, Schofield ran into trouble. Lead-off man Ray Cundiff popped to first baseman Brandon Thames, and then Schofield chased Hornish out of the batter's box with a big breaking curve that found its way across the plate for a called third strike.

Following a base on balls, Ignacio catcher Robert Lucero drilled a Schofield offering into center where the ball hit a hard spot and caromed over Lonnie Lucero's head. The Bobcats' Lucero - no speed merchant - pulled up at second base with an RBI to his credit, and the score knotted at 1-1.

Ahead to stay

The tie didn't last long. Lupe Huerta bounced a ground-rule double over the center field fence, driving in Lucero and giving Ignacio a 2-1 lead. Schofield then settled down to strike out George Nobriga to retire the side.

After an uneventful second inning, the Pirates went back to work on Hornish in their half of the third. Schofield led off with a liner between third and short, then Jeff Wood reached on a walk. A Lister grounder to third forced Wood at second, but an errant throw to first for a double play sent Schofield home.

Two batters later, Thames continued his clutch hitting, sending a ground ball with eyes straight up the middle to bring in Lister, and Pagosa regained the lead at 3-2.

Given the lead, Schofield unplugged the Bobcat scoring machine over the next two innings. Hornish opened the third with a grounder up the middle, but Martinez gobbled it up behind the mound and fired to Thames for the out. Schofield got the next hitter to lunge out of the batter's box going after a tantalizing third-strike curve, then caught Robert Lucero looking at a slider that painted the corner of the plate for strike three.

In the fourth, Schofield struck out Huerta, got Nobriga to tap back to the mound and blew his heater by Martín Rivera for yet another strikeout.

The Pirates chased Hornish in the fifth when Clinton Lister led off with a hard single through the left side of the infield, brother Darin walked, and Thames beat out an infield hit to load the bases.

Ignacio then played musical battery mates, sending Hornish in to catch and Robert Lucero to the mound to pitch. Lucero responded by getting Rusty Nabors to hit into a double play - scoring Clinton Lister - and striking out Keith Candelaria to escape the jam.

The Bobcats got one run back in their half of the inning, taking advantage of an infield hit, an errant pickoff attempt and a bad hop that bounced off the head of Martinez.

Increased lead

With a slim 4-3 lead, the Pirates finally put the game away in the sixth. Lucero led off with a base-hit bunt down the third-base line. Martinez moved him to third with a double off the right fielder's glove. After a Pagosa strikeout, Wood lofted a fly ball to deep right to bring in Lucero.

With Martinez on second, Clinton Lister jacked one out over the fence in dead center to give the Pirates a 7-3 lead.

Schofield picked up two more Ks in shutting down the Bobcats in the sixth, but the hosts didn't go as quietly in their last at bat. Jared Brann fanned to open the seventh, but Cundiff reached safely on a wind-blown blooper to shallow right. After Schofield struck out Hornish on an off-speed pitch, the next batter drove in Cundiff with a grounder over the first-base bag.

The Pirate rightly got the last out of the game by getting Robert Lucero to ground to third. Schofield finished the game with 14 strikeouts, giving up four hits, four runs (three of them earned) and four walks. He's now 5-0 on the season.

Pirates coach Tony Scarpa said the Bobcats were "much better than they were last season. The key to beating them in that first game was our continued good defense. We had no errors, and we've only given up six runs in the last five games."

Keying the Pagosa offense were Clinton Lister with three hits and three RBIs in four trips to the plate, and Thames, who also went 3 for 4 and drove in a run. Schofield helped his cause with a 2-for-3 outing and a run batted in.

Martinez near perfect

If the Bobcats thought their bats would heat up once they got past Schofield, they were sadly mistaken. Martinez moved over from shortstop and surrendered only one hit before the game was called after five innings. He struck out six and didn't issue a single base on balls.

"Ronnie pitched a great game," Scarpa said. "He stayed focused and didn't let the base runner bother him. The biggest thing is that he had no walks. That's what Ronnie needs to do. We talked before the game about staying ahead of the hitters, and Ronnie went out there and did that."

The Bobcats' only hit came in their first at bat. Cundiff slapped a double to the gap in right center and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. After that, the 'Cats might as well have left their bats in the dugout. Martinez struck out the next two batters, and induced the now weary Robert Lucero (who pitched the entire second game) to fly out weakly to left.

Held scoreless in the first, the Pirates provided their pitcher more than enough runs to work with in the second. With one out, Thames beat out an infield hit and raced to second on an overthrow. After Nabors walked, sophomore Nate Stretton lashed a double to right to drive in two runs, with Nabors just sliding in under the throw from second.

When the dust had blown away from home plate, Lonnie Lucero doubled down the left-field line to score Stretton. Lucero advanced to third on a passed ball, then came home on Schofield's sacrifice fly. The second inning ended with the Pirates up 4-0.

Busy bats

After the Bobcats went three up and three down in the bottom half of the second inning, the Pirates tacked on five more runs in the top of the third. Among the big blows: RBI singles by Thames and Nabors, and a squeeze bunt by Lucero that scored Nabors.

The game gave coach Scarpa a chance to take a look at several of his swing players (who play both varsity and junior varsity), and the young guys made the most of their opportunity. "Our swing players did a really good job of hitting the ball," Scarpa. He cited the contributions of Kraig Candelaria, Ronnie Janowsky, Anthony Maestas, Nate Stretton and Josh Trujillo.

Janowsky was one of four Pirates getting two hits in the nightcap. Others were Lucero, Darin Lister and Thames. Lucero, Schofield, Wood, Thames and Stretton all had two runs batted in.

The Pirates' sweep gives them a 7-2 record for the season. Following their trip to Del Norte Saturday, the Pirates will take on the always tough Bayfield Wolverines in Bayfield Tuesday, April 27. The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m.

April 22, 1999
Video Review
By Roy Starling

I'll have it both ways, thank you

Who knows what road a chance event or a single decision will lead us down in this life? A seemingly insignificant thing happens to us and it opens up a whole new world.

Robert Frost addresses the impact of choice in his poem "The Road Not Taken." His narrator stands at a fork in a road and decides, for no very good reason, that one way is better than the other. He realizes that once he sets foot on road "A," he'll never get to set foot on road "B," so his decision will make "all the difference."

But, you know, since "The Road Not Taken" is only a poem and not real life, Frost's narrator could have as easily taken both roads. Why not? Art should be able to explore all the options not available to us living in the cramped confines of space and time.

The British novelist D. M. Thomas explores such options in "Flying into Love." In one chapter of that book, John F. Kennedy arrives in Dallas and is later assassinated. In the next chapter, Kennedy again arrives in Dallas, but this time someone apprehends Lee Harvey Oswald in time, JFK's motorcade runs its course, he makes a speech at the end of it, has a romantic tryst that evening, then heads off to Austin. For the rest of the book, the chapters alternate between what "really" happened and what might have.

In Tim O'Brien's "Going after Cacciato," a young man deserts his post during the Vietnam War, and one dreamy soldier tries to imagine what it would be like if his platoon took off after Cacciato, following him all the way to Paris. Even though such an absurd thing never happens, O'Brien pursues this fantasy in every third chapter. Why not?

My point is that art isn't limited to a single chain of events. In art you can have your cake and eat it too, you can have paper and plastic, and both Ranch Community and the PLPOA can have money for roads.

In the 1998 romantic comedy "Sliding Doors," screenwriter and director Peter Howitt allows two different realities to play themselves out simultaneously. Helen (Gwyneth Paltrow) gets fired from her job with a public relations firm. On her way back home, she just misses the subway - the sliding doors just missing her nose.

Then, because he can, Howitt briefly reverses the film. This time Helen makes it on the subway, the sliding doors just missing her behind . . . and this makes all the difference.

For the remainder of the film, Howitt cuts back and forth between these two stories. In story "A," Helen is mugged on her way home, getting a nasty bump on her head in the process. When she gets home, she finds her boyfriend Gerry (John Lynch) in the shower at a rather odd time of day. She's suspicious, but she can't prove anything.

In story "B," in which she gets on the subway, she gets home in time to catch Gerry with his "ex," Lydia (Jeanne Tripplehorn). Lydia excuses herself, then Helen leaves Gerry and moves in with her best friend.

In story "A," Helen and Gerry's relationship slowly unravels. In story "B," Helen begins to develop a relationship with James, an almost unbelievably kind and witty gentleman she met on the subway. Luckily, she also gets her hair cut so it's easier to tell story "A" from story "B."

I guess this could be called a gimmicky film, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you like romantic comedies, you'll like this one regardless of the gimmick. If, like me, you're not a big fan of this genre, you'll keep watching because of the whole "alternative reality" thing. See? The film has it both ways.

Inside this film that's having it both ways we see how pathetic it can be when someone tries to do that sort of thing in real life. Take Gerry, for instance (please). At one time, he was involved with Lydia. When their professional lives separate them for a while, he chooses Helen over Lydia.

But then, while still with Helen, he lets Lydia back into his life. He wants "A" and "B"; he doesn't want to choose. Consequently, his life becomes such a circus that even his best friend can only laugh at him. He quickly becomes a squirming, spineless emotional basket case, a moral cripple, making no one happy, not even himself.

By the final frame, we see that one of the film's lessons is that Gerry's anxious, clinging approach to life may not be necessary. We may not need to try to live in two stories at once. Something that seems possible only in another life (or another story) might actually happen in this one.

So while you're waiting to see how all of your other choices in life turn out, choose to see "Sliding Doors."


Motter's Mutterings
By John M. Motter

Temperamental Tascha tough to tame

I lived for several years on a farm, not a particularly remarkable fact except for the behavior of our animals. I'm almost convinced the dog was co-dependent, the roosters henpecked, and the ducks were feeling down in the mouth. Our animals needed psychiatric help and a little boost wouldn't have hurt any of us.

The dog was the main source of concern. A young Siberian Husky crossed with German Shepherd (I'm almost certain she inherited fence-climbing genes), her name was Tascha. Tascha had delusions of grandeur, to say the least. She never understood who was boss at our house.

After several long training sessions during which I attempted to acquaint Tascha with her proper station in life, I became a bit confused myself about who was the master and who was the pet. We started the session with Tascha barking and me smacking my lips to get her attention. By the time the lessons were over, I was barking and Tascha was smacking her lips with what I am certain was a self-satisfied, maybe even smug, smile.

Tascha's treatment of mere mortals was cruel and inhuman. She walked where she wanted to walk, she talked when she wanted to talk, and she chewed what she wanted to chew. Still, some bad habits are unacceptable, so we began the inevitable process of housebreaking Tascha. In order to housebreak the conniving canine, we kept her under close scrutiny. At the least excuse, we rushed her outside. Let her roll her eyes, scratch an ear, or flop over on her side and presto, somebody grabbed her collar and ran for the door.

In response to the rough grabbing, Tascha developed a real fear. Every time she hiccuped or did anything else, in anticipation of the hand on the collar, she'd start trembling. Sometimes, she'd lie sound asleep on the carpet, yip without opening her eyes, and then shake almost uncontrollably. She finally learned to let us know when she needed to go outside, but to this day she trembles every time she goes through the door.

My reaction was to feel sorry for her, a reaction she didn't failed to notice. Whenever she didn't want to do something such as get off of the couch, she trembled when I yelled "get down." Overcome with remorse, I'd mutter, "Okay, stay there." The trembling stopped.

I began to worry that I'd become a facilitator and Tascha co-dependent. I admit to a small amount of enabling, but I really can't decide who was controlling whom. For a long time, Tascha insisted on being fed and let outside during the middle of the night, maybe at 3 a.m. At first I ignored her demands, holding out for a more reasonable schedule. It didn't work. How can you ignore your pet's long, mournful howls? How can you ignore the answering crescendo of long, mournful howls reverberating up and down the street? More importantly, how can you ignore the phone calls from angry neighbors demanding that you control your dog?

We soon reached a mutual agreement with Tascha. We didn't feed her unless she asked, and she didn't ask unless she was hungry. Of course she still felt the pangs of hunger at 3 a.m. The relationship didn't have the forthrightness recommended by counseling experts, but it did have strong points. It worked.

In the meantime, I've come to realize that I need to talk to a good counselor. For all of my life, I've believed a man should sleep in a bed with his dog nearby on the floor. Now, I need to find a way to convince Tascha that I am right, although I don't blame her for feeling the way she does. The floor is a little hard.

Food for Thought
By Karl Isberg

Ah, look at thy little lederhosen

We near the top of the Mogollon Rim, northbound on U.S. 17.

Snow is falling and the highway is turning into an ice rink. Arizonans and Californians speed past us in their new SUVs and several miles down the highway, we pass their overturned, less-than-new SUVs as the once haughty motorists attempt to exit the vehicles and scramble back to the edge of the roadway.

As I drive, I contemplate names for my soon-to-be-born grandchild.

My daughter Aurora is working on names for her child that, to my taste, are far too subdued, too tame, too politically correct. I remind her that she received her name - Aurora Borealis - following a fit of late-60s passion and that she is now the caretaker of a solemn tradition. She does not agree.

I am a professional wordsmith; I have superb ideas for names, and when Aurora refused to comply with my suggestions, I informed her and my son-in-law Forrest that I will call the child whatever I please, regardless of the name they choose. If the child is a girl I will call her either "Ipana" or "Listerine." If I have a grandson, he will be named "Zanax," "Waxy," or "Max Apollo." I will not compromise.

As a grandfather I will be an embarrassment to the kid. Kids are easily and profoundly embarrassed by old fools. This will be fun.

We near the Prescott interchange and Kathy tunes the radio to an AM station out of Tucson. The airwaves are suddenly full of "international favorites," scratchy , tuneful memories needled off old 78s, beamed to sentimental retirees hunkered in RVs parked in Tucson, in Mesa, all across the lower half of Arizona - a rainy, snowy, unusually cold lower half of Arizona.

Kathy is thrilled when the program's host plays the German Duck Dance. She knows the song well, quacks loudly at all the right times and, hands in her armpits, flaps her elbows up and down in a demented imitation of an Eider duck.

While Kathy wings her way through the last few bars of the miserable Teutonic air, the announcer thanks the Heidelberg Club for its sponsorship of the show, and he notes that the next meeting of the club - the Cabbage Fest - will be held at a local hall on Friday.

At the mention of the Heidelberg Club, I am distracted from my primary task: to be on the alert for shape shifters as we near the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. It is said that shape shifters appear next to roadways disguised as a wounded animal, a needy hitchhiker or a bewildered park ranger. You stop to help the limping Collie or to pick up the bright-eyed college student and, whammo, the shifter transmogrifies, the curtain falls, the lights go out. You have taken your last motor trip.

But the Heidelberg Club captures my attention. I can see the members of the club in my mind's eye: a bunch of hefty old coots wearing Bavarian hats set at jaunty angles, argyle knee socks and - the piece de resistance - lederhosen. They teeter in a line, gold teeth flashing, feebly slapping their thighs as the accordion and tuba music reaches a crescendo. The dance complete, they retire to the bar for a stein of lager and a hit of Milk of Magnesia.

It's the blasted lederhosen!

I steer toward Flagstaff but my mind is in Denver, circa 1956.

I am at Lincoln Elementary School, one of a legion of dweebs conceived nine months after the troop trains arrive home and the GIs disembark at Union Station. I am one among more than 40 fourth-grade students in Section A, all of us crammed into a high-ceilinged classroom on the third floor of the school building.

Our teacher, Miss Bellodi, thanks a prematurely buxom Karen Goodhue for her touching and educational presentation as part of "Show and Tell." Karen has described her cat Blondie's agonizing death in amazing detail and has sobbed her way through a recreation of Blondie's funeral in the Goodhue's back yard. Karen receives a great deal of emotional support as she returns to her seat

I am terrified. I want Show and Tell to end.

Show and Tell is not my favorite time. I've made several serious errors during Show and Tell, the last being a display of full-color photos of medical anomalies I found in one of my father's journals. The photos occasioned an epidemic of barfing and I was sent to the principal's office for the morning.

This Show and Tell, however, has me frozen with fear. I dreaded it the night before; I barely slept worrying about it.

Fraught with anxiety, I arrived early for school, making my way to my place in the classroom a half hour before Miss Bellodi arrived and a full hour before any of the other students. I set off for school on my Schwinn before the sun was up, my breath visible as I passed beneath the street lights on Exposition Avenue.

I have not budged since I arrived in the school room and took my place at the table at the back of the room. Now, the room is full. It is Show and Tell, and Karen retreats to her seat. My friend Ricky Hudson is next to me, picking his nose, totally preoccupied with mucous. Ricky smells like Vicks Vapo Rub.

I am in a dither, my mind races wildly. My normally short attention span is shattered into even smaller segments. I bounce from thought to thought - all the thoughts arising from one ominous source point.

I pray I will not be asked to leave my seat, to go to the front of the room, to stand in front of the blackboard. If I evade that dilemma, I will have to find a way to excuse myself from lunch, find a way to remain in my seat, at my desk, as my classmates go to the cafeteria. I will miss one of my favorite meals - macaroni and cheese, and fish sticks - but the sacrifice is necessary.

What if I have to go to the bathroom? What if there is an air raid drill or, worse yet, a fire drill where everyone stands and files out of the room in an orderly manner, where we walk in single file down the hall, part of a streaming horde heading for the fire escapes and the playgrounds below?

What if. . .

Miss Bellodi speaks, and my jaw muscles tighten. "Does anyone else have something to share with the class?" she asks. Ricky has found something interesting but, thankfully, he chooses not to make it public.

"Well then," she continues, "we need to take out our crayons and. . ."

The instant she halts in mid-sentence, I sense trouble. Everything was going so smoothly. Everything was working out. Then, suddenly. . . Oh, no!

Unconsciously, I add up the facts. The equation is clear, the logic inexorable. Miss Bellodi is a close friend of my grandmother Minnie. Miss Bellodi accompanied her sister Dewey to my grandmother's house for dinner and bridge the night before. Miss Bellodi and my grandmother exchanged small talk. Some of that small talk concerned a trip my family made to Europe. Some of that small talk concerned items purchased during the European adventure: pot metal replicas of the Eiffel Tower; dolls from England, miniature Beefeaters and Yeomen of the Guard; Swiss wine skins; red, waxy rounds of Gouda. Some of that small talk centered on Karl. Some of that small talk concerned an article of clothing, and a cruel idea foisted on Karl by his otherwise loving mother.

Miss Bellodi is on an unstoppable march to an awful destination; there is nothing I can do. It is like being in a car crash: it seems to happen in slow motion, yet there is no way to avoid the impact.

"There is one more thing," says Miss Bellodi, gazing to the back of the room, toward the chubby, myopic lad sitting next to the kid with his finger jammed up his nose.

"Karl, I nearly forgot. You have something very interesting to show us, don't you?"

I grit my teeth so hard the enamel begins to crack. I start to hyperventilate. I peer through my bottle-thick specs at Miss Bellodi and, brow furrowed, attempt to subtly indicate my discomfort with a barely perceptible waggling of my head from side to side. It is a tremor fraught with significance.

It is a tremor ignored.

"Karl, come to the front of the room and show everyone your lederhosen."

I am doomed.

Heads turn. All eyes are on me, especially the crystal-clear, ice-blue eyes set in the angelic, perfect head of Judy Brandsmaa. Judy turns in her chair, fixing those cerulean peepers on me, her perky little lips parting in anticipation of a wonderful surprise.

Can it get any more horrible?

Oh yeah.

From the moment mom spotted the lederhosen in Munich the experience was fated. From the instant mom saw the liver-gray leather shorts with the bib-style suspenders embroidered with scenes from a Black Forest stag hunt, and said "Oh my, these would look so cute on Karl," the course was set. The second mom took the heavy, smelly, ugly shorts from the rack and said, "Oh yes, these are big enough to fit Karl. He's husky, you know," my destruction was ordained. When she discovered the matching Hitler Youth knee socks, my fate was sealed.

"Come to the front of the classroom, Karl. Show everyone your interesting German shorts."

I rise slowly from my chair, face crimson, palms sweating, and I walk through the maze of tables to the front of the room. The cheap rubber soles of my Hush Puppies squeak on the bare wood floor.

I stand at the front of the classroom, my stomach protruding beneath the fleeing stag, my chubby knees chalk-white, bulging above the knee socks and the flashy "Forester" sock garters with the kelly green tabs.

Miss Bellodi's reputation for unbridled cruelty gives me temporary respite: no one dares laugh or shout insults in the classroom. Richard, the class bully, stares at me with a bizarre look on his face - a mixture of confusion and naked hostility. My friend Fabrizio puts his head down on the desk, his shoulders shaking. Judy's eyes bulge. Ricky continues to pick his nose. It is the onset of allergy season.

Can it get any worse?


"Turn around, Karl. Show us your pants. Tell us about them."

Had I read Nietzsche I could have regaled my classmates with a thrilling tale of "great blond beasts," the last of the triumphant northern warriors, "Hyperboreans" alone on the icy heights, clad in lederhosen. I could create a story about the ancient origins of lederhosen and the role of the shorts in the knightly activities of medieval German royalty.

Instead, I feel sick. My brain burns, thoughts tumble inside my head incomplete and confused. Finally, I mumble: "I dunno. My mom got them for me. She made me wear them."

Can it get any worse?

You bet.

Once I am released from the front of the room I feign a life-threatening illness, but the school nurse returns me to class and I am forced to go to lunch. I walk through the crowded cafeteria in my lederhosen, clutching the tray with my precious cargo of macaroni and cheese and fish sticks, this time observed by an audience unrestrained by Miss Bellodi's ferocious demeanor. The sixth-graders are none too kindly.

Can it get any worse?

Sure can.

Ever try to high jump in lederhosen?

There is no way Mr. McIntosh the gym teacher is letting me out of the high jump test. Getting over that darned bar is hard enough in the best of circumstances, but in a pair of stiff German shorts with bib-style suspenders with embroidered scenes of a stag hunt? Not a chance! And believe me, once sand is inside a pair of lederhosen, it is there for good.

Can it get any worse?

Most certainly.

Stinging from a five-hour barrage of taunts, I stay in the cloakroom after school, waiting for my classmates to flee the building. When the halls outside the room are silent, I sneak down the back stairs, peering over the bannisters to spot any potential problems on the landings below. I peek out the back door of the building, checking for trouble lurking on the playground. I creep out the door and over to the bike rack where my Schwinn was parked.

As I take the trusty flyer from the rack and put my Big Chief tablet in the basket attached to the front handlebars, I hear the voice - cold, ominous, behind me.

I don't need to turn around.

"Nice shorts, porky. Does Mommie dress you every day."


The only guy in the school to be stabbed. Twice!

The only guy whose parents let him wear his hair in a waterfall.

The only guy in the school with a leather motorcycle jacket.

The only 13 year old in the fourth grade!

Can it get any worse?

Count on it.

I have no idea if Richard really attempts to catch me that day, but I am certain I set a land speed record on that clunky Schwinn. Uphill.

The chafing that follows is incredible. Damp German leather, sand, chubby thighs, metal-melting friction - all figure in an injury that takes weeks to heal. Due to my injury, my performance in the school softball tournament is abysmal. I am the catcher on my team and, at best, my play is substandard. With my lederhosen abrasions, I am totally useless.

Can it get any worse?


The incredible Judy never sets eyes on me again that she does not giggle, no doubt calling up an image of a lederhosen-clad paramour standing at her door proffering a bouquet of alpine wild flowers and a pork hock.

The lederhosen continue to plague me. When mom announces a "great idea" - namely that Karl wear his lederhosen to a huge picnic his father and his partners at the clinic are planning for the next weekend, drastic measures are in order. There is no way the Vandenbosch twins were going to see me in those shorts!

For help, I turn to Butch, our abnormally large Boston terrier.

Butch, as the ultimate Boston bulldog, has a penchant for clamping his powerful jaws on any object he fancies, shredding that object, regardless of composition, into tiny bits and pieces. In his prime, Butch demolishes towels, ropes, roller skates, hockey pucks, large chunks of wood, pieces of asphalt roofing, Barbie dolls, brake pads, bricks, balls, football helmets, garden tools, a Christmas tree . . . and one pair of authentic Bavarian lederhosen.

Has a dog been any happier than Butch as he ties into those shorts? I'm not sure he takes time to enjoy the embroidered scene of a Black Forest stag hunt, but the animal is ecstatic. Not only does Butch demolish the pants, he eats part of them, then takes a nap. The sight of our black and white bundle of energy leaping and frolicking in a golden evening light in our back yard, tossing those lederhosen into the air, ripping into that fine German leather and gnawing on those genuine bone buttons, is a thing of beauty.

Of course, I tearfully blame the destruction of mom's favorite gift on Butch and he is banished to a crude plywood dungeon in the garage for a week, but the price is right. My canine companion's sacrifice serves a higher purpose: I might never cleanse myself of my shame, but there will be no more humiliation.

Jump forward.

As we roll toward Tuba City, the Tucson station begins to fade. The announcer reminds listeners of the correct spelling of "Dalmatian," and Kathy and I enjoy what is left of a zippy polka before a wave of static erases the tune. Hail falls from the sky.

I decide to go German when I return home. Or, at least half-German, with a hearty choucroute acting to dispel the effects of the unexpected wintry weather. It will serve as a cleansing ritual, hair of the dog.

Sauerkraut provides the base and essence of choucroute. Gauge the amount of sauerkraut in terms of how many persons will enjoy the dish. Plan on at least a half pound of kraut per person. Rinse the canned or packaged sauerkraut well and squeeze out the moisture.

Saute a sliced onion or two in oil until golden, remove from the pan and mix with the drained sauerkraut. Add several cloves of chopped garlic and some ground black pepper. Throw in a smoked pork shank if you can find one and a couple of peeled, whole carrots.

Line the bottom of a heavy pot with thin strips of salt pork. Dump the kraut mix on top of the salt pork. Cover the kraut with a half-and-half mix of chicken stock and a decent Riesling. Make sure the liquid thoroughly permeates the kraut.

Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer for two hours minimum, adding wine when necessary.

Add some hefty chunks of Polish sausage a half hour before the dish is served and several links of Knackwurst 20 minutes before the kraut is ready to eat. Chuck a couple of genuine frankfurters into the pot while you're at it.

If you can find the incredible, delicate white veal and parsley sausages called "bockwurst' (which I was once able to get at Erich Sachs in Denver - a lovely German Deli on Broadway where, it is rumored, "special" meetings were held in the basement in the late 30s) simmer them in water for five minutes then brown them lightly in butter before adding to the mix during the final ten minutes of cooking.

Fish out the carrots and throw them away before serving the choucroute. Separate the meats from the kraut, placing them around a mound of sauerkraut on a platter for serving.

Crank open another bottle of Riesling, tear up a loaf of light rye and have plenty of butter on hand.

Call all your nosepicking friends, tug on a pair of lederhosen, put some accordion and tuba music on the victrola, and get ready for fun.

Before you eat, lift a glass of Riesling in a toast - to Ipana, to the Heidelberg Club, to lederhosen, and to Boston bulldogs everywhere.

April 22, 1999

'Inflated' salaries

Dear David,

I'm guessing that last Thursday was the first time since the SUN published Volume 1, No. 1 that a reader responded to a letter to the editor before the original letter was printed (Boutwell's response to my letter and that of Gene Cortright). Interesting how he learned of our letters, I wonder about that. In any event, there wasn't anything he said worth commenting on.

I also read, with interest, your editorial on the workings of the PLPOA. I know better than to point out the several inaccuracies in that column but I would like to comment on one. Your statement that annual assessments "are used to pay inflated salaries for law enforcement . . . services . . ." is incorrect. You are right in saying that dues are spent on salaries for law enforcement but they are not "inflated" salaries. If you check with the town, county and PLPOA, you will find that our starting salaries are lower than those of the other two entities.


Pat Curtis

Editor's note: It is not unusual for members in good standing to phone and tell me about the content of PLPOA-related letters that others have written before the letters ever reach the SUN. Surely you are aware it is no secret that there are no secrets among PLPOA members who can't resist the urge to speak out about those they differ with.


Dear David,

Mr. Roy Boutwell's latest letter to you criticizing a PLPOA director's questions about the Public Safety Office report and "micro-managing" at the April PLPOA board meeting needs a response. Various items on the PSO report needed some explanation; not only for the directors but also for the benefit of property owners who pay the PSO. The PSO manager had been informed in advance that the questions would be asked so there was no surprise. The questioning was not a "critique" but rather a justified request for clarification of report data. It certainly was not "micro-managing."

The suggested space and paper savings on the PSO report was not a criticism either. It was recognized that the report format had been set up by PSO predecessors who apparently felt that the more paper used, the better the report. A change is needed and is an example of improvements the present board is making. Regular open meetings of the board in front of property owners is a proper place to bring up, discuss, get input on and suggest improvements for association operations. It is not an example of "micro-managing."

Questions about association activities is a proper and necessary responsibility of the board and should be carried out at regular public meetings - not behind closed doors. Property owners have a right to know and see the actions of the directors. Current directors are not "followers of the herd" and are rightfully going to question anything which is not readily apparent or understood. They are quite aware of the dangers in "micro-managing" and consciously endeavor to avoid it. However, the board is not about to abrogate its responsibility for thoroughly checking on association operations and expenditures.

In closing, I can't help but wonder how Mr. Boutwell formed his opinions regarding the April board meeting. He wasn't there. He must have gotten his information by "hearsay" which is commonly and legally known to be tainted and very questionable.

Fred A. Ebeling

Taking the time

Dear David,

I just wanted to thank anyone who took the time to write to Robert Feldman, executive secretary of the FDIC and their elected representatives regarding the proposed "Know Your Customer" regulation. I received a letter from Rep. Scott McInnis yesterday informing me that on March 23, federal banking regulators withdrew the proposed "Know Your Customer" regulations due to the amount of input that was received on the subject.

This is an excellent example that taking a little time to write and express your concerns to your representatives can have an influence on the outcome. Again, thank you, David, for providing the addresses, phone and fax numbers of our elected officials in the SUN.


Helena Gunther


Dear Editor,

I am writing as a follow-up to the "Ludicrous Lawsuit" letter from the March 25 issue of The Pagosa Springs SUN. As Mrs. Paula Watson stated in her letter, the Girl Scout organization, at the local, council, area and national levels, did try to step in to rectify this situation - once we became aware of it. We attempted assisting the girl in selling the cookies, accepting the cookies as a return, purchasing the cookies ourselves and reason. Unfortunately, the mother of the Girl Scout indicated she could not be persuaded to drop the lawsuit.

In regard to the Girl Scout cookie sale, we would like the main to be on the learning aspect of participating in the sale - rather than the dollars and cents. During the yearly sale, Girl Scouts learn goal setting, organization, communication, as well as many other skills that we hope will help them as they grow up to be our future business women, politicians, leaders and, yes, even mothers.

We would hope that this one incident would not effect future Girl Scout cookie sales in Pagosa Springs. This incident is very isolated. In fact, during my 15 years as a staff member of Girl Scouts, I have never encountered a case such as this. The Girl Scouts in this beautiful area of our council have always enjoyed very strong community support and we hope this support will continue for years to come. One thing we all must try to remember . . . the girl is first in Girl Scouting.


Margaret A. Smook

Chief Executive Officer

Alubuquerque, N.M.

United prayer

Dear Editor,

Do you ask yourself what can I do about Kosovo? A united prayer is going on throughout the world at a specific time, which is 1 p.m. Pagosa time. Simple close your eyes and pray for peace. Only two minutes of your time.

Susan Swab

Health fair success

Dear David,

The 9Health Fair on April 10 was a resounding success. The anticipated number of participants was 500. At 10:30 a.m., participant number 500 arrived. An event of this magnitude would not have come about without the support of our local media. Thank you - Pagosa SUN, Connections and KWUF.

This huge undertaking was initiated by 9Health Fair in Denver and the local team comprised of Kathy Conway, Mercy Korsgren, Wendy Horning, Sue Walan, Jessie Formwalt and Sheryl Otis. This team had been meeting weekly and planning for months prior to the event. Thank you team.

Thank you to the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club for sponsoring our 1999 9Health Fair and our local service clubs, Kiwanis, Woman's Civic Club, Women's Club, Guadalupe Society and Lions for their support.

Our wonderful new high school was this year's location and we greatly appreciate Archuleta County School District 50 Joint for allowing us to use this wonderful facility.

We salute all the individuals who so generously shared their time, professional skills and knowledge. Pagosa Springs is a healthier community because of these volunteers.

The Pagosa Springs 9Health Fair continues to improve and grow each year.

We are so fortunate to live in a community of health conscious individuals. Thank you for your participation.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year.

Thanks again,

Lili Pearson

Site Coordinator

E mail

Attendance record

Dear David,

Thank you and the SUN for the avenue to vent opinions, views and concerns via "Letters to the Editor." It is a valuable tool for community information dissemination.

I have expressed my views on my philosophical differences with certain members of the current PLPOA board and I have nothing further to add. I refuse to be pulled into a classless character-assassination contest that benefits nothing or no one.

I will, however, defend my meeting attendance record. Mr. Pat Curtis' figures are way off base, with the exception of the PSO Committee absences, which were deliberated and by design, for specific reasons. As for me taking meetings lightly, my wife would not be in a wheelchair for the next three months if I would have blown the March meeting off, like I should have, and left for Texas before 11 p.m. That's a mistake I'll have to live with for a long, painful time. I stopped patting myself on the back over a perfect attendance star when I left grade school, but different people have different values. One reason I moved to "God's Country" was to enjoy life. I hunt, hike, fish, bike, ski and enjoy four part-time jobs. In short, I take my responsibilities as a director very seriously, but the PLPOA is far from being the center of my universe and I sincerely pity those for whom it is - what a shallow life that must be.

Roy K. Boutwell

Just for the record

Dear David,

Just for the record: Judith Esterley's letter of April 15 is only partially right. She's right that no one said "sit down and shut up" at the PLPOA board meetings, but she didn't mention that "shut up" was yelled twice last fall by board members to people in the audience. I remember your printing in the Letters to the Editor section my comments on that board meeting and how disappointed I was that adults were using what I considered "rude and crude" language. I was there when the words "shut up" were yelled as were many others. As I said - just for the record.


Bobbie Carruth

Costa Rica thanks

"Hola" to all our friends in Pagosa Springs.

We would like to thank everyone who donated supplies to the school here in Costa Rica.

Kelley and Karie are doing very good in school and Earl and I use them as translators. I am always amazed by them. The weather is beautiful here and we are going into our rainy season soon. Hope everyone is fine there and we miss all our friends in Pagosa. Diving is good, lots of fish.

Thanks again for all the supplies.

Earl and Bobbie Jo Gibbs

Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

Personal knowledge

Dear David,

In your editorial of April 15, you state "In the past, caustic remarks or threats to 'kick shins' or go 'outside to the parking lot' were issued verbally during the regular monthly meetings." While I was on the PLPOA board from 1992 to 1996, not only did this not happen - nothing even remotely resembling a threat, physical or otherwise, ever occurred during any meeting or closed session, or in any committee meeting that I attended. As I recall, it was also during this time that the SUN stopped any coverage of monthly PLPOA board meetings. On what were you basing that statement? My personal knowledge of most of the board members, both before and after my time, leads me to believe that once again you are using poetic - or is it editorial? - license with regards to the facts.

Incidentally, I must admit that the present PLPOA board is by far the most entertaining of all those I have known.

Walt Schaeper

Editor's note: The statement was based on comments made by PLPOA directors during board meetings held during the mid 1980s.

April 22, 1999

Michael Angelo

Michael Angelo was awarded a varsity letter in alpine skiing at Suffield Academy's winter athletic assembly. A sophomore at Suffield Academy, Mike is the son of Jim and Sue Angelo of Pagosa Springs.


April 22, 1999

George F. Hatch

George F. Hatch, 86, passed away on Monday, April 19, 1999, in Bayfield.

Mr. Hatch was born May 17, 1912, in Bluewater, N.M.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a country merchant and worked in property maintenance. Mr. Hatch was very active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bayfield. He was an old-time fiddler who entertained at country dances, family reunions and nursing homes.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Foster Hatch of Bayfield; two sons, Carl F. Hatch of Berthoud and Alan B. Hatch of Meeker; five daughters, Elgin Strohecker and Reva Duran, both of Bayfield, Georgie Ross of Pagosa Springs, Hilda King of Green River, Utah, and Bonnie Montano of Belen, N.M.; two brothers, Dwyte V. Hatch and John T. Hatch; two sisters, Betty Jo Fohr and Jessie E. Spivey; 46 grandchildren and 120 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Hatch will be held this morning at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of Bayfield.

Letha Bell

Graveside services were held for Letha Bell on March 22, at Greenmount Cemetery, who died Friday, March 19, 1999, in Durango. She was 92.

Chaplain Myron Darmour officiated.

Mrs. Bell was born Jan. 1, 1907, in Dillard, Mo. She lived in Missouri until 1944, when she moved to Pagosa Springs. She moved to Durango in 1961. Mrs. Bell was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry William Bell, and two sons, Bobby Bell and Chester Bell.

Survivors include two sons, "Shorty" Owen Bell of Pagosa Springs; Mike Bell of Durango; and six daughters, Zelma "Dee" Peters and Margie Sittner, both of Durango; Lola Beal and Zola Adams of Farmington, N.M.; Ola Hendrick of Salem, Mo.; and Betty Harris of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother Orville Chandler of St. Louis; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Bonnie Belle Reed

Bonnie Belle Reed passed away in her home at the Sportsman Supply and Campground north of Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. She was born in Erie, Penn., to Oscar and Belle Benson on Feb. 7, 1944.

Bonnie lived in both Bainbridge, Ohio, and Northeast Pennsylvania before settling in Pagosa Springs with her husband, Donald Reed. Mrs. Reed was a realtor in Ohio before she relocated in Pagosa where she was an owner of the Sportsman Supply and Campground.

A dedicated mother of two children who she absolutely adored, Bonnie was a wife, companion and best friend for over 36 years. She loved manatees, llamas, Elvis, Pavorati, kittens, the mountains and a dog named Charlie Brown. At times she had a weakness for potato chips, chocolate and Chinese food. She played the bass for a while, perfected a talent for counted cross stitch and loved crafts.

Bright and articulate, she was successful at whatever she chose to do. She demanded nothing, but was always willing to give a great deal. Always strong and independent, when she made a decision it was final and she never worried, at least out loud, that it was wrong. While tolerant of most things, she didn't like pompous, phony people, the IRS, McDonald's hamburgers, whining or riding in boats.

After valiantly fighting an unimaginably long battle and never complaining, she is finally at peace.

A truly unique and caring person, Bonnie will be enormously missed by all who knew her.

Bonnie Belle Reed is survived by her husband, Donald Reed; two children, Jennifer and Jonathan Reed, both of Pagosa Springs; and her sister, Karen Benson, of North Carolina.

Memorial services were held at the Community United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 21, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ken Carlson officiated over the services.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Hospice of Mercy for their excellent service, at 95 South Pagosa Boulevard, Section B, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.


April 22, 1999

No births this week.

Weather Stats

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Drizzle won't fizzle

By John M. Motter

A drizzling rain which started yesterday should continue to soak Pagosa Country into the coming weekend, perhaps as long as Sunday, according to Chris Cuoco, a National Weather Service forecaster in Grand Junction.

Some clearing should occur Monday, but a new storm with a chance for more rain showers should move through Pagosa Springs the middle of next week, Cuoco said.

The expected weather pattern over Pagosa Country for the next few weeks should be typical for the spring season in the Four Corners area, according to Cuoco. The pattern calls for three or four days of light rain and gusty winds followed by one or two days of clearing, then another storm lasting three or four days, two days of milder weather, then another storm, and so forth.

Temperatures today should top out in the mid-50s. Nighttime lows should be in the upper 20s.